Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS)

Authorize.Net's Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) turns any Internet-connected computer into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal with the simple addition of an inexpensive USB Human Interface Device (HID) swipe card reader.

Virtual Point of Sale Screenshot VPOS is a simple and cost-effective solution to accept in-person payments.
Standard Feature: FREE

Features and Benefits

VPOS is an easy-to-implement, easy-to-use, secure, and low-cost solution. Suitable for merchants of any size, VPOS is ideal for mall kiosks, doctors' clinics, lawyers' offices, trade shows, etc.

  • Quick Setup – Our browser-based, hosted solution is enabled by simply plugging the swipe card reader into a USB port on your computer. For receipts, use your existing printer or a retail receipt printer.
  • Risk Management – Sensitive data is stored in the Authorize.Net PCI-compliant data center, never on your computer.
  • Secure – Unlike other solutions, VPOS maintains a locked connection between your card reader and browser, and alerts you if there is an unauthorized attempt to connect to the reader.
  • Fast Checkout Times – Speed up checkout lines and improve customer satisfaction by authorizing credit card transactions in as little as three seconds.

Swipe Card Readers

VPOS-compatible swipe card readers can be purchased from a variety of POS providers for approximately $50.00 - $80.00. There are several compatible models.

  • MagTek – Centurion model 21073075 configured to security level 2; and models 21040101, 21040102, 21040146, and 21040140.
  • ID Technologies – MiniMag II models IDMB-335133BM and IDMB-335133M; and MiniMagDUO models IDMB-355133BM and IDMB-355133M.


VPOS is compatible with any standard 8.5" x 11" laser or ink jet printer. If you prefer a thermal receipt printer, we recommend the Epson ReadyPrint T20 and Epson TM-T88V Receipt Printer.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft™ Windows™ 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7
  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher

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Virtual Point of Sale Case Study

With the simple addition of a credit card reader to an existing PC and wireless network, Vinyl Renaissance began processing virtual point-of-sale (VPOS) payments. Learn how this merchant grew beyond an e-commerce website into a new retail storefront, without the costs of adding phone lines.

FAQs: Virtual Point of Sale

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Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) Video Demo

Learn how to turn any Internet-connected computer
into a point-of-sale (POS) terminal.

Date: 03/09
Length: 04:06
"The advantage of VPOS is that we didn't have to add a larger amount of costly equipment. We could just use our existing computer, and I knew that would save us a bundle." Dan Phillips, Vinyl Renaissance