Privacy Policy and Security

On this page you will find all the necessary information to protect your card and your sensitive data, especially on the Internet, even more.

General rules of behaviour on the Internet:

Special care when working on other PCs
Never leave the PC unattended, especially when you are working on a computer that does not belong to you (particularly PCs in Internet cafés and other public places). Always leave via logout, and make sure you clear the browser cache.

Do not open additional browser windows
Even when you have a secure Internet connection (https://), opening additional browser windows can give other people access to your computer. If at all possible you should avoid non-https sites for online transactions.

Different e-mail addresses for different purposes
We recommended using your regular e-mail address for communicating with people and companies that are known to you. But if you absolutely have to communicate with unknown websites, to reduce spam you should create an alias for your e-mails and use this alias for e-mail correspondence with these unknown websites.

Wireless Networks
Especially when working with wireless networks (WLAN), special attention should be given to security and, in particular, encryption. Please also note the recommendations of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) of the Swiss federal government published at

Peer-to-Peer Networks and File-Sharing Sites
Sites In a peer-to-peer network, all computers are equal and are able to both use and provide services. For example, file-sharing sites for exchanging music or videos use this form of communication. Networks of this kind can, however, entail significant risks, as users access unknown systems from which they download potentially dangerous data to their own computers.

Protect your PC

Keep your virus protection software up to date
Install an anti-virus program on your computer and ensure that updates are downloaded regularly (at least once a week). Most programs have an automatic update function.

Install a firewall
A firewall is a kind of electronic protective wall between the Internet and your computer. It monitors and controls the data entering and leaving your computer. There are various different firewalls available on the market, some more comprehensive than others.

Update your browser and operating system
Always use the most recent version of your browser and operating system, and take particular care to install the latest security patches. Set your system to automatically inform you about available updates.

You will find the latest versions of common browsers at the following addresses

Microsoft Internet Explorer



Google Chrome

Melani, the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance provides important information regarding security and potential risks on the Internet: