County libraries Informative - Verify the workstation before your session ends
There are several posts along the walls in county libraries surrounding the computer terminals, asking users to constantly save their work. People should also be advised to delete their documents from the work terminal before the session timer expires.
One should NOT rely on the computer to perform a soft reset and remove the documents saved to the hard drive along with the internet browsing history. It's generally not a good idea to save anything on a publicly used PC anyway, but if it's necessary, be sure to delete the file and empty the Recycle Bin after you e-mail your work to yourself or save it on your peripheral device.
I'm pleased that the terminals at my county library DO reset themselves after each session. After the computer reboots, all files saved on the hard drive from the previous session are gone, along with the internet browsing history and cache.
However, I cannot say the same about the computers where I used to live (Orange County, Fla). I still had more work to do after the timer expired one night, and since I had exhausted the two sessions I was allowed for the day, my friend allowed me to use her card to get another 60 minutes of usage. After the computer rebooted, I logged in using her library card. I was almost shocked to see all the documents I had saved to the desktop still sitting there. One such document was my resume, complete with my name, phone number, address, work/education history, etc. The web history also remained, and the computer automatically filled in my usernames on some of the websites after reopening them.
Luckily the computer wasn't reserved for another user once my session ran out, or else my information would have been at the hands of a complete stranger!
I brought this to the attention of the library staff who didn't seem too interested.
Bottom line -- clear your trails before the timer hits zero or risk possible exposure of everything you'd been working on and every website you visited!