Be Careful Using Public Kiosks

 
 
By Brett Glass  |  Posted 2003-02-13 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A recent incident at Boston College demonstrates why it's a bad idea to use public Internet kiosks, or browsers at cybercafes, for anything but general Web browsing.

A recent incident at Boston College demonstrates why its a bad idea to use public Internet kiosks, or browsers at cybercafes, for anything but general Web browsing. According to this article, a student at the school was arrested for planting snoopware on computers in public areas. He then used passwords gathered from the machines to commit petty theft. The moral: If you travel, insist on hooking up your own laptop. Then, use strong encryption to "phone home" to e-mail accounts or access sensitive data.
 
 
 
 
Brett Glass has more than 20 years of experience designing, building,writing about, and crash-testing computer hardware and software. (A born'power user,' he often stresses products beyond their limits simply bytrying to use them.) A consultant, author, and programmer based inLaramie, Wyoming, Brett obtained his Bachelor of Science degree inElectrical Engineering from the Case Institute of Technology and his MSEEfrom Stanford. He plans networks, builds and configures servers, outlinestechnical strategies, designs embedded systems, hacks UNIX, and writeshighly optimized assembly language.

During his rather eclectic career, Brett has written portions of the codeand/or documentation for such widely varied products as Borland's Pascal'toolboxes' and compilers, Living Videotext's ThinkTank, Cisco Systemsrouters and terminal servers, Earthstation diskless workstations, andTexas Instruments' TMS380 Token Ring networking chipset. His articleshave appeared in nearly every major computer industry publication.

When he's not writing, consulting, speaking, or cruising the Web insearch of adventure, he may be playing the Ashbory bass, teachingInternet courses for LARIAT (Laramie's community network and Internetusers' group), cooking up a storm, or enjoying 'extreme'-ly spicy ethnicfood.

To mail Brett, visit his Web form.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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