Onsite New Orleans and Public Computer Safety with Microsoft

May 13, 2008

One of Onsite Computer’s clients noticed several spurious Visa charges on a recent statement.  The dates of the charges coincided with a business trip where he used a public PC at a coffee shop.  Obviously, his Visa account was compromised, and this is a regular occurance when people who use public computers are not careful with personal information.

In order to avoid potential problems, Onsite advises the following:

1.  Avoid entering personal info on public computers.  There are several varieties of software that can record your key strokes, including user ids, passwords, account numbers – anything you input into the PC.

2.  Be aware of anyone watching your activities.  Although it is tough to visually follow a user’s keystrokes, someone intent on stealing your information will resort to all sorts of tricks to record PC activity.  We’ve heard of micro-cameras used to record personal information at some public PCs.

3.  Don’t leave the public PC unattended and logout if you leave the PC.  This seems like common sense; however people sometimes forget prudent practices when harried in an airport or other public place.

4.  Delete your Internet history, temporary files, and cookies by using the Tools, Internet Options, Browsing History.

5.  Don’t save your passwords when prompted.

Onsite in New Orleans hopes these guidelines will help prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands when using a public PC.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website at http://www.onsitenola.com.

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