Man can not live on Smooze alone and apparently not Flooz either.
The pitfalls of online payments are Fraud and a lack of security. Authentication of the user is the root of these problems. So what is the best solution to credit card fraud? It's more simple than you might believe.
First of all a personal identification number (PIN) needs to be used for all credit or debit card payments, just like when you use your ATM card.
Secondly a Thumb or Index finger Biometric should be used in combination to a) activate the card and/or b) to authorize the purchase. There are other security and authentication features that could increase the security such as Smart Chip or 'MSN Passport'. Adding any of these security features may be a very simple addition if one knows the right people and has the implementation knowledge.
So beyond security, how could an online currency succeed? Flooz, Beenz and others like them all face the challenge of competing with VISA and other Internet payment solutions soon coming to market via FI's. The bottom line for a successful alternate payment solution is to charge less than the big boys and offer twice the services. The Online payment solution must also be partnered with the retailers in a revenue-sharing fashion as well. The alternate payment company of the future must also have its roots not only on the Internet, but in the 'Real World'. It is possible to build out an independent payment network over the existing POS terminal platform, via partnerships outside the major credit card's ownership. The payment solution of the future must also provide loyalty and revenue-sharing features as value-adding services for their merchants.