How are payments handled? Is it secure?
Payments are made at PayPal's secure website. You will be forwarded to EQ Pixie's checkout page at PayPal where you can make a secure payment by Visa, MC, Discover, Amex, or eCheck. You don't need a PayPal account and only PayPal will see your account information. PayPal notifies EQ Pixie of your payment, which will activate your account automatically.
Why subscriptions instead of a one-time price?
Several reasons, which I believe benefit both me and the customer. EverQuest constantly changes and EQ Pixie will need updates (which is one reason I made EQ Pixie self updating). In addition I want to keep adding new features. EQ Pixie connects to it's server to look-up things like item prices for you, and although it takes very little bandwidth, it's not zero and bandwidth does cost money. Subscriptions provide me compensation for the on-going work and maintenance and allow the customer to get continuous updates, new features, and support.
Also, EverQuest is subscription based and you don't need EQ Pixie if you take a break from EQ. Just like EQ, you only pay for it when you use it. Unlike EQ, there is no large initial fee. I'm guessing that most people would rather pay the small subscription fee to start out with, instead of a larger fee up-front.