Friday, August 24, 2012

Online Security

Being one of the most wired countries in the world, Korea takes its security very seriously. In Korea, you don't just have passwords, you have these little things called 'certificates' to log into places with high level security like your bank account.  The certificate is an electronic key that you can install on your computer or onto a flash drive. If you do not have this 'key' (which also requires a password) then you cannot log into your account.  It's very nice to have extra security, but having not grown up with this at first it was very burdensome. 

When I was given one I didn't know what it was and subsequently later deleted it off my computer not knowing what it was.  This gave me trouble later when I couldn't use my online banking correctly.  I had to go to the bank several times because they never understood what I was talking about. ("Certificate is what they are called but when you try to translate it they get the english word for certificate rather then password, its all very confusing). Finally I contacted them via phone and was connected to a great translater that understood everything.

She not only helped me out, but she actually virtually hooked up to my computer and controlled it through the internet to show me what to do.  It was cool but kinda creepy at the same time. I was a little embarrassed at the kpop stars on my desktop, but i'm sure they get much worse things.

I'm also pretty sure there are a lot of other Korean security measures, but this is just the one I understand now.


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