6 Basic Tips To Stay Safe On Public Computers

Public Computers Safety Public computers are a sort of pit stop, rest house, and safe haven for an assortment of viruses (Check Symptoms of Computer Virus), bugs, malware and spyware like keyloggers and PC monitoring software that may cause you more harm than you would like to think. Just by using public computers which are open to so much risk you may be putting your email and social networking site credentials, your basic online identity, up for some major grabs by pretty much anyone.

And there is no denying that we have all used public computers at one time or the other, hardly giving a thought to the spying via keylogger or web tracking that could take place as a result of it. Computers at libraries, airport lounges, malls and coffee shops all are capable of becoming nightmares for you if you don’t take some steps to ensure your online safety.

In order to keep your entire vital information safe (work, financial, medical, etc.) follow these simple steps:

1. Never ever save your login credentials be it for any website. So make sure you disable the save username and password features. Further, even if you are in a hurry, never ever just close the window or the tab you are using. Logout so that the homepage appears without your username in the bar. Only then can you be sure that you have successfully cut off connection with your account.

2. While on a public computer, do not walk away from it or leave it even for an instant without wrapping up all your work on it. Though you should avoid it, make sure even if you have to be away from the system for a moment, you get up after closing windows that may display any personal content, including pictures and videos.

3. Whenever in a public place, and this is for using your own device too, make sure you don’t have a lot of people around you or someone discreetly watching you as you enter some sensitive data. And don’t be too lax on this; you never know who may be snooping and actually collecting user information from such places. After all, public places that offer online access have their own groupies and regular visitors.

4. Use the public system as a temporary place or only in emergencies. This means getting rid of any traces you may have left on the system. Delete history as well as the temporary internet files.

5. Be aware of the public WiFi that you are using. Surf the internet through secure connections, which means using HTTPS for browsing and enabling SSL for whatever applications you use. And most importantly, something that users often forget is even an option, if you are not using internet then turn the WiFi off.

6. Finally, avoid actually using public computers for private work, which means abstaining from typing in any sensitive information such as your bank account number, PIN number, or even social security number. Just by typing these things, without actually entering them into the field, a keylogger can pick up on this sensitive information and then relay it remotely for unseen individuals to misuse.

So keep these tips in mind and hopefully you’ll never find yourself in trouble because you used a public computer.

This article is written by Natalia David. She is a blogger by profession an author significantly contributes towards mobistealth computer monitoring software and mobistealth keylogger. If you want to know more about Natalia you can follow her on twitter @NataliaDavid4. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Some Essential Tips For Generating A Secure Password

The worst passwords to use online:

Hi friends, I have seen many people say what would be the safe password to use online.

Here are some of the worst passwords that can be used or in other words cakewalk for a hacker to steal your sensitive information and further reading gives the best passwords to choose from….

In recent study some the worst passwords to use online are as follows…

The most common passwords

rockyou

12345

123456789

Password

iloveyou

princess

123456

1234567

12345678

abc123

Here are some of the types of passwords that will be picked up by our crackers:

Secure Passwords

  • Words in the dictionary.
  • Words in any dictionary.
  • Your user name.
  • Your real name.
  • Your spouse’s name.
  • Anyone’s name (crackers don’t necessarily know that your aunt’s middle name is Agnes, but it’s easy enough to get a list of 100,000 names and try each one).
  • Any word in any “cracking dictionary”. There are lists of words that crackers use to crack passwords : passwords that a lot of people use. Some of these lists include:

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Abbreviations, Asteroids, Biology, Cartoons, Character Patterns, Machine names, famous names, female names, Bible, male names, Movies, Myths-legends, Number Patterns, Short Phrases, Places, Science Fiction, Shakespeare, Songs, Sports, Surnames.

  • Any of the above, with a single character before or after it (“8dinner”, “happy1”).
  • Any of the above, capitalized (“cat” –> “Cat”)
  • Any of the above, reversed (“cat” –> “tac”), doubled (“cat” –> “catcat”) or mirrored (“cat” –> “cattac”).
  • We used to tell people that taking a word and substituting some characters (a 0 (zero) for an o, or a 1 for an l) made a good password. This is no longer the case. New crackers have the capability to crack things like this, in certain situations.
  • Words like “foobar”, “xyzzy” and “qwerty” are still just plain words. They are also popular passwords, and the crack programs look for them. Avoid them.

Now lets us see how to choose a secure password…

Check how secure your passwords are by using Microsoft’s password checker tool.

You can take advantage of the shift key; characters like & or % can be used in addition to numbers and capital letters. Mixing different types of characters will make your passwords more secure.
Try to ensure your password length is 8-14 characters.

Change your passwords on a regular basis – experts suggest every 30 days for painstaking effort for hackers to find your passwords.

If you have a bad memory and cannot remember even the simple of passwords, then create a passwords from your favorite poem or song, in that case choose a phrase rather than a single word.

Use a different user name and password for your online accounts – that way, if one is compromised you can be sure that others are still safe. At the very least, use different passwords for sensitive accounts such as your online banking.

So friends use these methods to be a safe online, cheers !!!

Keeping a secure password is one of the best ways to protect your WordPress Blog.

Shorten The URL With Password Protection

Earlier we saw about the shortest URL shortner. This time we are going to review about another Short URL service which comes with password protection feature for extra privacy.

We are discussing about 2pl.us – URL shortner with password protection, P.S. the URL is not working and I think the site is moved or something, you can try thinfi for password protecting your short URL. This one allows us to create a short URL with password protection. Only the people who know the password of this short URL can access the site.  Like all the short URL services this also allows us to create custom alias.

Other Related URL Shorteners Your May Find Useful :

  • Create Safe And Short URLs Using McAf.ee [BETA]
  • Track your Short URLs using Google’s Goo.gl URL Shortener