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safety tips for using a all computer's

Are public computers at libraries, schools,house, office, internet cafes, airports, and copy shops safe?

1).Update your virus software weekly - there are always new viruses.

2)Scan for viruses every night - you have to do it these days.

3)Back up all your data files at least weekly to a tape drive - lots of people lose everything!

4)Take one copy of your back-up disk to a second location in case of emergency - many people have thanked me for this advice.

5)Use a firewall if you have DSL or a Cable Modem connection - or you will become infected with a virus or harmful file.
6)Upgrade to Windows2000 or XP for more security and less reboots!

7)Keep a back-up of all you files on another hard disk - easy to retrieve

8)Don't DEFRAG more then once a month - too often wears on your hard disk.

9)Don't fill your hard disk with too many MP3 files - keep a min. of 300 MB available.

10)Get a good back-up battery - Just a surge protector is not enough.

11)Despite what others have told you, it is better for your computer (not server) to be shut down every night.

12)Windows 95 and 98 particularly likes to be restarted. Windows 2000 and XP are better designed to be on all the time, however, your system may still heat up and reduce the life of your hard drive if you leave it on all the time.

point 1
Don't save your login 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.

point 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.
point 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 passwords.
Before 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 auto complete.

3. Click to clear both check boxes having to do with passwords.

To delete your temporary Internet files and your history
When 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 Share point Portal Server
If 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\user name\Local Settings\Temp.

2. If your company uses Microsoft Office share point Portal Server, empty the temporary folder (My Documents\share point Drafts).

point 4
*Watch for over-the-shoulder snoops. When you use a public computer, be on the look out for thieves who look over your shoulder or watch as you enter sensitive passwords to collect your information.

point 5
*Don't enter sensitive information into a public computer. These measures provide some protection against casual hackers who use a public computer after you have.

*But keep in mind that an industrious thief might have installed sophisticated software on the public computer that records every keystroke and then e-mails that information back to the thief.

*Then it doesn't matter if you haven't saved your information or if you've erased your tracks.

They still have access to this information.
If you really want to be safe, avoid typing your credit card number or any other financial or otherwise sensitive information into any public computer.