Public computers—don’t leave your digital doors unlocked

Public computers at libraries or cafes can be lifesavers – need to print something, check an email, or browse the web? They’ve got you covered. But here’s the thing: public computers can also be a security risk if you’re not careful. The biggest culprit? Forgetting to log out!

Imagine leaving your house without locking the door – that’s kind of what happens when you don’t log out of your accounts on a public computer. Anyone who uses the computer after you could potentially access your information. Yikes!

Here’s how to make sure your public computer pitstop is a secure one:

  • The Great Logout: This might seem obvious, but it’s the most important step. Before you even think about leaving that library computer, log out of EVERY SINGLE ACCOUNT you used. Email, social media, online banking – everything! Most websites have a clear “Log Out” button – find it and click it!
  • Close those Tabs: Don’t just log out – close all your open tabs too. This ensures any lingering bits of information aren’t easily accessible. Think of it like cleaning up your workspace before you leave.
  • Clear Your History (Just in Case): Some public computers might offer the option to clear your browsing history. While not always necessary, it can add an extra layer of security. It’s like wiping the whiteboard clean for the next person.

By following these simple steps, you can transform public computers from a security risk into a safe and convenient tool.