Log out of public computers to protect your privacy and security

When you log in to a public computer, such as one at a library, kiosk, or other public place, your activities could be monitored. This is because public computers are often shared by many people, and anyone with access to the computer could potentially view your browsing history, search queries, and login credentials.

To protect your privacy and security, it’s important to log out completely after you’re finished using a public computer. This means closing all of your open windows and browsers, and then clicking on the “log out” button. If you’re not sure how to log out, ask a staff member for assistance.

Here are some additional tips for protecting your privacy and security when using public computers:

  • Be careful about what information you enter into websites. Avoid entering sensitive information such as your credit card number, Social Security number, or online banking password.
  • Be aware of phishing scams. Phishing scams are attempts to trick people into revealing their personal information. If you receive an email or see a website that asks for your personal information, be suspicious and don’t enter it.
  • Use a strong password manager. A password manager can help you to create and manage strong, unique passwords for all of your online accounts.

By following these tips, you can help to protect your privacy and security when using public computers.