Safety Tips for Using a Public Computer

Public computers like in the libraries, airports, internet cafes and other locally accessible systems are used by every other person in the time of need. Such systems are easy targets for accessing valuable data of an individual who has previously used that computer. Therefore, public computers are regarded risky to check emails, bank account details etc. But this can be avoided by keeping certain tips in mind while entering data at public computers. Brooke Chloe, an young tech expert and writer provides some safety tips while using a public computer.

Safety Tips While You Using a Public Computer

★ Logout from all accounts: First of all, always logout of your accounts from the websites. Websites that require passwords and keys have ‘kept me logged in’ option. This option sometimes gets unnoticed by the user and thus causes the account logged on even after closing the website. This is the easiest way to get into someone’s account and mostly, public computers have this option checked. Therefore, to avoid such a mess, always uncheck this option and then enter your login information. Un-checking this option helps you to quit your account even without logging out.

Next, whenever you’re accessing some website having your private data on screen, never leave it unattended. People sometimes obtain data even in a fraction of a second when the user leaves unattended. If you’ve to leave the screen for a few minutes, log out all of your accounts to keep your privacy and information intact. Thus, you can prevent over-sharing and protect your online identity. 

★ Use incognito or private mode while browsing: If you want to keep no tracks of your browsing, you’ve to use incognito or private mode of browsing. Most of the internet browsers, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox etc. have the option of private browsing available which keeps no tracks of your browsing. Incognito feature helps in more private searching and has no tracks in browser history but private browsing is not as private as you think that you are browsing safe.

★ Use Internet Explorer: Internet explorer even saves passwords and keys even if you have disabled ‘remember your password’ option and you’ve logged out of your account. This is potential source for hackers to obtain personal information of user even after he has taken all possible measures to avoid it. To avoid this, uncheck all the options in the browser’s settings which make your keys and passwords saved in the browser’s content.

Internet Explorer has this feature available in the tool’s section of its settings. Moreover, passwords and keys can also be retrieved if you’ve downloaded some file or document. Hackers get back on the track to find potential source of the file downloaded. Therefore, after obtaining the file from a public computer, delete it from the system and even from the recycle bin after you’ve saved a copy with yourself.

★ Be aware of your surroundings: At public systems available at coffee shops, internet cafes etc. possible hackers have this trick of befriending the user by having a little conversation and then on looking at the computer screens. Such people get on to the passwords in their split eye movement and thus get hands on your password even after you’ve removed and avoided all the other sources of obtaining it. Therefore, look out for such people and don’t enter such information when you’ve someone standing by your side even if they’re being courteous or waiting for their turn. So, you've to be very conscious about your sourroundings while you using an public WIFI network or a public computer. 

★ Avoid entering personal or professional info: But the easiest way to avoid all this is to not enter any kind of personal information while using a locally available system. Because even if you have done all the above mentioned measures, hackers have installed softwares which store passwords and data even if you’ve disabled password storage information, removed browser history or are browsing incognito. 

By using such softwares, there’s no need to take measures to avoid hacking because they store the information even if you have removed tracks. It could be harmful for you at such level that hacker can pressurize you by different kind of demands. Therefore it’s better not to enter confidential data while using public computers.


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