Hmm that's a good question. I thinking of the following work
1. A user is online shopping (filling in a shopping cart,
subscribing to service, etc)
2. User goes to check out and is presented with payment page.
3. Normally at this point the use can have 1password fill in the
creditcard info using an item in the 1password wallet or the user
could manually enter custom payment info
Lets say the user is subscribing to a service which forces
automatic renewal, or the use doesnt trust the site to keep the
credit card info safe. Then we can goto a service like paypal and
use a one-time-use credit card. This requires the user to login,
find the card creation area, fillin some details, copy the new card
details, transcribe the details into the storefront payment
I'd like to see 1password manage that manual process for me, and
posibly manage all temporary one time use cards on file.
1password already does something simular where it will
automatically generate passwords.
Question of trust, why would a user trust 1password to create
one time credit cards? Well i already trust 1password with login
information to all my financial accounts, it tracks passwords to
storefront one click shopping pages, etc.
I thnk one time credit card management on 1password would be a
Thanks for the feedback Roy. I don't feel this is too far a
stretch outside our core competency to make it plausible, but it
would require a lot of work on the back end (setting up a
relationship with a credit card company that can issue these one
time use credit cards)... Also: I don't think PayPal does this
I, too, would like to see this sort of feature available in
1Password. I don't yet have a credit card account with this
feature, but plan to get one soon. Therefore, I cannot describe
precisely how the website interface functions on the credit card
company's end. However, I have been told that essentially you log
into your credit card online account, enter the desired amount to
be placed on the one-time-use credit card, and then the card
number/info is generated on the fly. This information can then be
copied from the credit card website and pasted into the online
retailer. Thus, you have to have the shopping website open and the
credit card site open simultaneously.
Ideally, it would be nice if 1Password itself could be the
intermediary and transiently open the credit card website (possibly
behind the scenes), ask for the desired amount to place on the
card, and transiently store/transfer the temporary card info to the
It appears that a company called Orbiscom actually handles these
transactions. Any sort of back-end work would have to hope that
this company is willing to cooperate and provide an API, which
might be asking a lot. I'm guessing this isn't going to happen.
Thus, perhaps there's another way to streamline the process. I
know that, at least at one point, there was actually a Firefox
plugin for this feature from PayPal. Thus it appears that it CAN be
Support Staff6 Posted by Kyle Swank on 27 Mar, 2012 07:20 PM
Thanks for the additional information. While we'd love to offer
something like this it is probably going to be very difficult.
For one, it requires that (as you say) the other company has a
way for us to access that information programatically.
This is high on the "unlikely" side since most credit card
companies typically keep these types of things to themselves for
Also, each company that offers this would probably request it be
done in a different fashion. So now we'd need to devise a way to do
this for each card issuer. It's quickly turning difficult and we'd
only provide it for certain credit card issuers and not all of
While it isn't out of the realm of possibility. It is something
we'd look into once we have a lot of other features taken care of
that users have been requesting for a long time.
I'm not trying to shoot the idea down, I just simply want it to
be obvious that this is very difficult to do and do not want you to
think we're promising anything. Until it actually ships we don't
promise anything at all. It would be a nice feature to have.