GUIDELINES FOR USING PUBLIC COMPUTERS

The following are the guidelines to be followed while using public computers like Internet Cafes etc

  • Never pass or tell the Cyber Cafe Owner or anyone else in Cyber Cafe about your email and password to check your e-mail. This may sound little bit odd but the surveys saying that small kids or many old aged persons have no idea about the risks of information theft. Username and passwords always be entered by their owners and at most you may request for guidelines to reach login page.
  • If you store or download any personal information on Desktop in cyber cafe make sure you delete all the documents after your done with your work. 
  • When surfing the Internet, you always should check about the browser security to avoid risks of exposing personal information such as disabling the option “Remember my ID on this computer”. User ID or Username also should be secured along with password to avoid trail passwords by next user.
  • A keylogger is basically spyware and logs or records your keystrokes so that your username and password are made available to Cyber cafe owner or any Attacker. These records may types into directly into Hacker’s machine or collected afterwards through a file transfer. Some of Cyber Cafes may use Hardware key loggers so that you check that there is an intermediate device between your keyboard and CPU.
  • Cyber Cafe computers are public computers and shared computers. Your data or communication may be exposed to all users at the same time. So be aware that sensitive information like personal details like username, passwords etc. should be deleted.
  • Whenever you go to Cyber Cafe, you ensure that it has most up to date Anti Virus and Anti spam software. These may help to stop some of the key loggers, Trojans and other malware. 
  • Don't leave the computer unattended with sensitive information on the screen.
  • Disable the feature that stores passwords.
  • Don't enter sensitive information into a public computer.
  • Force Cyber Cafe Owner to allocate you a computer loaded with updated antivirus software.
  • Finally, Always make sure to logout properly when you leave Cyber cafe.
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