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Secure Computing from Cybercafe

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Msg#: 336 posted 5:22 am on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I maintain my websites while travelling internationally. There have been instances where I needed to access servers from a cybercafe computer because (1) that's the only net I had access to in a particular location, (2) they would not let me connect using my laptop.

It would be easy to password snoop from these cybercafe computers. Any ideas for better security in webmastering from a cybercafe?

I use ssh and https for any server operations. I'm mainly concerned with stored passwords and keylogging in Windows.My current ace-in-the-hole is a Mandrake Move live CD...in theory I could reboot the PC, boot into linux and bypass windows. Haven't tried yet...

Anybody have other ideas or experience with this situation?



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Msg#: 336 posted 1:22 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

There is no way I would ever access online confidential data via a public terminal. Period.

Don't know where you are based, but here in Europe wireless access is taking off in a big way - travelling though Ireland, UK, France, Andorra and Spain I had very few problems finding hotspots, although it wasn't always cheap.

Worse case scenario, try heading into a business hotel, or even train station / airport. They should have hotspots there.


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Msg#: 336 posted 5:52 am on Sep 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've used services like GoToMyPC which give you an encrypted connection and allow you to generate large lists of one-time use passwords for while you're on the road. Once you use a password once it's no longer valid.

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