Generally speaking, if you have a choice, you should probably avoid using a public computer. As a rule, these machines feature minimal security precautions, along with maximum risk to any data accessed by the PC. But if a situation ever arises in which you have no choice but to use a public computer, be sure to follow these security best practices.
For the user’s convenience, most web browsers are configured to store things like browsing history, passwords, and downloads, which, on a private machine, can be pretty useful. However, if a public-access machine saves this data, a stranger could access it and piece together your sensitive information.
Using a private browser helps to keep your personal browsing safe, even on a public computer. Private browsing, a function built into many browsers, will erase any tracks you leave behind on the machine by wiping the local data. Be warned, though, that private browsing only prevents the machine you are using from recalling what you accessed. Internet providers, advertisers, and search engines still keep track of this information.
Make Use of a VPN
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are great for private web browsing. Once you’ve logged in to your VPN, your IP address and activity are shielded in a virtual tunnel, hidden under layers of encryption. Your identity and even your location are kept anonymous, thanks to the use of proxy servers the world over that will protect you from opportunistic attacks.
VPNs come in both free and reasonably-priced varieties. If you plan on accessing your office network from an outside location using a VPN, it’s important to first set up your network so you can do this securely.
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