In digital business, the level of security is highly dependent on applying due care and diligence and on the storage media on which the digital certificate holder stores their private key. At the moment, the highest security is provided by smart cards / USB keys since the private signature key never leaves them and the encryption and digital signing are done on the smart cards / USB keys themselves.
However, a smart card / USB key can only provide a high level of security when accessing your electronic bank or other applications when it is used with due care and diligence. It is essential that you follow the following instructions for safe use:
1. Keep the smart card / USB key with your qualified digital certificate in the card reader or computer only when actually using a program that requires a digital certificate.
2. Before use, always check that the program or e-banking website is authentic. Never use your smart card / USB key or enter any passwords or PIN numbers on websites that you do not trust.
3. After use, close the program or browser immediately, remove the smart card / USB key from your computer and store them safely.
4. Shut down the computer on which you use the smart card / USB key with the digital certificate when not using it (outside working hours, holidays, etc.).
5. Store the PIN of your smart card / USB key with the qualified digital certificate with the same level of care as for your bank card’s PIN. Never lend it to anyone.
6. Do not store your smart card / USB key together with the PIN.
7. Regularly change the PIN of the smart card / USB key.
In addition to these essential safety habits, we advise that you consider the following safety recommendations for users of the CA qualified digital certificate:
Report any suspected loss, defect, improper use, or theft of computer or qualified digital certificate to Halcom CA as soon as possible. Report any suspected improper use, or theft to law enforcement authorities.