Proton Pay - Credit card alias / masking
There is lots of posts on here about a Proton Wallet for Crypto and Web3. But I haven't seen anything for a standard replacement to GooglePay or ApplePay. While I wouldn't mind a Web3 wallet. I would very much enjoy, and use routinely a wallet for standard methods of payment... 'Standard' being until the rest of the world catches up to Web3.
To elaborate, a wallet that can link PayPal, credit cards (then create virtual card numbers so that the real card number is not actually exposed). It would be a cool bonus to see and manage recurring payments and such too.
I did find a post or two that may be requesting what I am outlining here. However they were idea mixed with other ideas. So I wanted to create a standalone post for just the standard wallet.
Harold Landyn commented
There are other alternatives. Do not want an AIO for this. Recommend Cloaked, MySudo, and privacy if you want this.
This is already met with mysudo.com and privacy.com to name two.
People wanting to be cornered into a walled garden is ridiculous. Do we really want another Microsoft, Google, Apple, etc? There is also the "all your eggs in one basket" thing. It is also a very anti-competitive position to hold/take. It is better to decentralize, not centralize.
Siglo XIX commented
HTTP3 is a real thing, Web3 is a poorly constructed scam by a person who once raised money selling people on the idea he could emulate a quantum computer and use it to mine BTC. He used his Bitcoin Magazine to popularize one of the worst implementations possible for their concept.
No one wants to pay per function call. And why would you run every ******* piece of software every time you load the blockchain on a new computer? The design could not be worse.
Why has the only things ever been successful are useless like Cryptocats, or NFTs?
Both of which don't even require a blockchain, also if you rollback your blockchain, why even have one? Just used a ******* quorum based ledger.
And I helped build PoS, and its a bad idea, it just creates oligarchies. That is the long term trend. The distribution is also very racist and benefits already well off people. Its a ******* joke.
You could do NFTs with just asymmetric encryption; what people like you don't get is buying crypto doesn't make you a cryptographer. Or an expert in p2p networks, or computer science.
Asymmetric encryption and the Markov tree are the two important key technologies behind Bitcoin; thats why its Bitcoin (as in BitTorrent, one of the first popular uses of the Markov Tree) and not ******* Blockcoin.
For **** sake, I almost guarantee you can not explain what a blockchain is in a cogent sentence. You should only need one too. Also why does the blockchain exist? Do you even understand the problem it is addressing? Its supposed to prevent people like bankers from rolling back the transactions when they put 150 million into a stupid ******* contract that I saw had a bug in it, despite them paying a company 150 million to rubber stamp that its secure; never bothering to ******* test it, they could have ran a ******* test for a year before putting 150 million into a ******* novel contract.
Even if they did implement their system correctly, why would you ever use it? Why wouldn't you fork it if you wanted to run software on it?
Its looking like I will need to invest some time in embarrassing the idiots who run that scam again.
I've been looking at virtual card solutions. This would be awesome.
I believe this is a great idea.. I don't use the others and I would use one from proton. It would be nice for proton to continue to build a full privacy suite as an alternative to Apple or Android.. Majority of the population would love that option if its comparable to what they already use.. It wouldn't be hard to make the switch
Yes- we need credit card and phone number masking services!
Jey Sea commented
would love to see a virtual credit card/local currency options ... I've had to replace my Amex twice in the last 6 months because somewhere online keeps leaking it - having a virtual card I can link specifically to a merchant would be a life saver (sadly no equivalent of privacy.com where I live, and since we moved from the US I can't use them)
Absolutely agree! Integrating a service similar to Privacy.com into platforms like SimpleLogin or Proton would enhance global accessibility to secure online purchases. Prioritizing user privacy and security is crucial in today's digital landscape.
They could be 2 different apps: Proton Wallet and Proton Pay; just as there are Google Wallet and Google Pay.
The Proton Wallet may be the easiest and the first to plan. It can be just a storage for cards, loyalty programs, digital keys and tickets. Then, Proton Pay may be added to pay from the app directly.
presuming payments made would show up as going to proton, and not say ebay. would be huge, shopping online without being snooped on would be a life changer for sure.
this alone will convince me to upgrade my sub if nothing else.
And like firefox relay and ironvest:
I'm just commenting to give a little activity to the thread. But, I personally think this is a Huge opportunity for Proton, it likely will not be hard to convince people what the evil corps are doing with there "Mobile Wallet" data, but the convince of a Mobile Wallet is just too huge. Having an option for Mobile wallets would be awesome!
I'd go as far to suggest, I'd be willing to pay into a separate plan for this product. Tho, I'm not sure where the rest of the community stands on this.
I absolutely hate making transactions online with paypal and other providers
I want some one I can trust
This would be really awesome and would definitely encourage me to get a full Proton Unlimited plan
A service where you can add your card info and pay with an "alias" card, like "privacy.com". Available for more than just the US
phone number masking would be a game changer
Gabriel Broomfield commented
We need this
Add the ability to hide credit card information when checking out on websites and use a masked credit card number. Similar to privacy.com but allow for international usage. It would also be great to utilize the nfc feature on phones and use it for in store purchases.
For the phone number, it would be good to have masked phone numbers like Firefox relay.
Something like privacy.com but included in SimpleLogin or simply the Proton ecosystem would be so convenient to have. Privacy.com is available only in the USA and I believe a product like this would greatly improve the security and privacy of online purchases.