Internet Privacy & Security Informative - Friendly Reminder
I've posted an informative article along these lines before, but there's definitely a need to reiterate.
I'm currently typing this from a computer at my local car dealership (thankfully they provide terminals with internet access to keep clients from going insane due to the wait for vehicle service).
The access that I had to other peoples' information on this computer when first logging on was flabbergasting. Previous users of this terminal have forgotten to log themselves out of websites, or, better yet, do a nice thorough cleaning of the browser history and cookies after browsing the Internet.
Stock portfolios, email accounts, social networking accounts, and sadly enough, even bank accounts, were all at my fingertips and ready to be viewed by me, a complete stranger to these people. Unsettling? Extremely.
After wiping all traces of usernames, passwords, etc. from this computer (it took a few minutes to complete, indicative that it hasn't been done for quite some time), I tried to configure the browsers in this room to wipe all traces of previous history upon log-off, but I do not have administrator privileges to the terminals.
This is something I have noticed before in public libraries, and unfortunately now at the car dealership. This is a major loophole in Internet security among publicly used computer terminals, and is something that should not be taken lightly.
If you know somebody who is not particularly knowledgeable of erasing browser history, please give them the proper training they need to keep their information safe, secure, and out of the wrong hands!