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6:00 pm on Nov 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Just a quick reminder for those of you that plan to use a public computer for access when at the WebmasterWorld Conference, or anytime when you're out and about.

Do ensure you protect your usernames & passwords when you log on. I know it's obvious, but it's easy to forget.

It's also a wise idea to change your password every so often, too.

2:58 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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okay so I have to ask.. how does one secure it? No https from what I can see (?)
4:05 pm on Nov 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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how does one secure it?

Use your own laptop. Public computers, in my experience, are usually unpatched Windows machines running every toolbar on the market, stuffed full of spyware and trojans. https is no good, because someone could simply be running a keystroke logger on the machine to pick up passwords, credit card numbers, etc. - there have been a number of cases of this.

Public computers are simply not secure, and not secureable. The only way you might be able to use one is if you can boot it with something like a Knoppix bootable CD, then you're not running their installed programs at all - however, it is rare that they would allow this.

3:25 am on Nov 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I agree, you can't really use them today. But thefirst post suggesting securing your login. I don't believe that is possible.
11:50 am on Nov 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

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And even with a boot CD, who's to say the BIOS hasn't been played with, or (more likely) a hardware keylogger installed - they are easy to get a hold of, inexpensive, easily installed, and unobtrusive enough to easily avoid detection.