Learn These Computer Safety Procedures When Using Public Internet

Last Updated on February 10, 2021

Understanding some basic computer safety procedures is helpful, as most of us will occasionally have to use a public computer for one reason or another. Because so many people use them, they are more likely to be infected by malicious software than other computers. How do you protect your identity and personal data while on a public computer? Follow these cyber safety golden rules.

Delete your history. Delete your browsing history before you log out of the computer, especially in any public computer labs. Internet browsers store information about your passwords and the pages that you visit.

Don’t save passwords. Upon signing into personal online accounts, most internet browsers ask users if they would like for the computer to remember their log-in credentials.  Do NOT save yours!  You do not want to be remembered.

Pay attention to your surroundings and use common sense. When you use a public computer, be on the lookout for thieves who look over your shoulder or watch as you enter sensitive passwords to collect your information.

Log off. If you have to leave the public computer, log out of all programs and close all windows that might display sensitive information. A thief only needs a few minutes to jump on the computer and obtain a wealth of information. Pretty basic safety using computers.

Don’t enter personal information. While utilizing public computers, don’t submit or access any sensitive information online. Public computers may have a keystroke logger installed which can capture your password, credit card number and bank details.

In today’s world, cyber security solutions are no longer an option. At Forum Info-Tech we tell our clients that protecting yourself can be easy when you make cyber safety a priority and become aware of the most common threats and risks.  For questions, give us a call at +1 855 562 5683