Mikko Hyppönen shares information security tips Tivi


Research Director of security company F-Secure Mikko Hyppönen in its novelty book (Internet, WSOY), how to tackle the most common security issues where the person is the weakest link.

The following excerpts are direct quotes from the new book of Finland’s best-known information security guru.

It scares me that my ATM card is being taken. How could I complicate the lives of bandits?

“Take a thick-tipped black marker pen, and write on your automatic card with unclear handwriting:“ PIN: 2983. ” Do not use your correct PIN. When a robber tries variations on the wrong PIN code, the machine swallows the card and the bank returns it to you, ”Hyppönen writes.

I always forget the PIN code of my ATM card. What help?

“Do as FriendsTV series Joey: Go to the ATM you normally use and use a marker pen to enter your PIN on the front panel of the ATM. That makes it easy for you to check it out. ”

“It’s a test”

In the workplace hallway came a meet guy I haven’t seen before. He was wearing a suit, and he seemed familiar. However, he did not have a pass in his neck, though he should be. Should I sue him for this? It feels a little embarrassing.

“When you get into a situation like this, always assume it’s a test. A test that tests whether you are doing the right thing. The guy you meet in the hallway may well be a security company consultant who tests to see if a stranger who doesn’t have a pass is spinning in the hallway. If you do not interfere with his activities, your slackness will be recorded. So the certainty is to take the bull from the horns and ask the guy where his card is. If the card is lost, take him to pick up the card from the reception guards. That’s where it will be. ”

My car has a great navigator. Does it have anything to consider in terms of security?

“Navigators ask you to mark the location of your home. Don’t obey them. The navigator will ask your home because it can guide you back home from the road, but if your car is stolen, do you want the thieves to know where you live. Mark another home point near your home as your home address, such as a convenience store. From there, you probably already know how to drive home without a navigator. ”

My email came from a contact from our great client. The message looks a bit strange and came with an attachment. Should I open the attachment even though I don’t know what the issue is about. I wouldn’t want to call a customer and ask because I don’t want to seem weird.

“Don’t open the attachment, instead send a text to your customer. So don’t reply by email because your email may end up with an attacker, but text like, “Hey, I got your email you just sent. I’ll get back to you today! ” If the message you receive is genuine, your customer will be happy to respond sensitively to it. If, on the other hand, it was an attack attempt or a fake email, the case will be resolved immediately because your customer is wondering what email you are talking about. Win-win. ”


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