Important Tips For Cyber Café Users
We promised in our last posting that we will post some important tips for those who use cyber cafes for their net surfing. We believe that this will be helpful to all of you as most of all have to use cyber cafes for any urgent situation. So please read this and try to follow in your life.
Very important tips when using Public Terminals and Cyber Cafes
Tip 1 E-Bay Users - Watch Out
Don't walk away while logged in. Many web sites let you log in, but set cookies for an online session (such as eBay) so if you close the browser and reopen it, you don't have to re-logon. If you just close the browser and walk away, the next user (who may have been watching while you were surfing), could pickup where you left off. Be especially careful using a Microsoft Passport account as well, since it can also be persistent.
Tip 2 Surfing at an Internet Cafe, the Public Library, Terminal at the Hotel, or any Terminal Accessible to Others - Watch Out
1. If you use a public terminal (e.g., Internet cafe) with a Windows XP installation, it could ask if you want to associate your passport account to the Windows XP account. Be sure to say "no"(we repeat, SAY "NO") if you get this prompt, or you'll be giving your passport account to everyone that uses that machine.
2. Normal surfing leaves an electronic trail of temporary files, cookies and a history of where you've been. When you're done with surfing, if you're using:
· Internet Explorer, click on Tools and Internet Options, on the
· General tab, click on Delete Cookies, Delete Files (and be sure Offline content is checked), and
· Clear History.
· If you downloaded any documents, delete them as well. If you edited any documents clear the "recently used documents" list. To this with Windows XP
· right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and then,
· select Properties,
· select the Start Menu Tab, and
· click on Customize then
· Advanced. On the Advanced tab, click on the
· Clear List button for Recent Documents.
Tip 3 Restrict Pop-Up Windows and Cookies
Pop-up windows are often generated by some kind of scripting or active content. Adjusting the settings within one's browser can reduce or even prevent scripting or active content. In turn, the number of pop-up windows that appear will be reduced.
Some browsers offer a specific option to block or limit pop-up windows.
Accessing Web-based E-Mail Accounts
When connecting to a Web-based mail account via a cyber café (e.g., Yahoo!, gmail.com), for instance, do as follows:
1) Start the program Microsoft Notepad or Word or any word processing program installed and type your
· User Name,
· Password, then
· Copy the user name AND password using Control C and then paste both into the appropriate fields (use CTRL V) when wanting to log into your web-based e-mail account
The above procedure prevents Keyloggers or password stealers program from grabbing your username and password when trying to log-on from such a public terminal - The same logic applies if you log into a web site from your own computer. –
2) Refuse the option that may pop-up by the browser to save the password.
3) Use the site's log off option (disconnect, or close session option), in turn, this will prevent the next user at the cyber café from being able to access your account.
4) Exit the browser and then open it again before leaving the computer to the next user.
This is especially dangerous in cyber cafés, where several different users continuously work on the same computer, one after another.