Nov 12, 2006

5 safety tips for using a public computer

1.>Don't save your logon information.
Always log out of Web sites by clicking "log out" on the site. It's not enough to simply close the browser window or type in another address. Many programs (especially instant messenger programs) include automatic login features that will save your user name and password. Disable this option so no one can log in as you.

2.>Don't leave the computer unattended with sensitive information on the screen.
If you have to leave the public computer, log out of all programs and close all windows that might display sensitive information.

3.>Erase your tracks.
Web browsers such as Internet Explorer keep a record of your passwords and every page you visit, even after you’ve closed them and logged out.To disable the feature that stores passwordsBefore you go to the Web, turn off the Internet Explorer feature that "remembers" your passwords.
1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2. Click the Content tab, and then click AutoComplete.
3. Click to clear both check boxes having to do with passwords.To delete your temporary Internet files and your historyWhen you finish your use of a public computer, you should delete all the temporary files and your Internet history.
1. In Internet Explorer, click Tools, and then click Internet Options.
2. On the General tab, under Temporary Internet files, click Delete Files, and then click Delete Cookies.
3. Under History, click Clear History.To delete other files saved by corporate portals, such as Sharepoint Portal ServerIf you're using a corporate Web site that allows you to view internal corporate documents, you may be inadvertently storing sensitive documents on the public computer.
1. Delete all the files in the temporary folder of your user account which you can find by browsing to C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp.2. If your company uses Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server, empty the temporary folder (My Documents\SharePoint Drafts).

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