Tips for Public Computer Usage.

Using other peoples computers and computers in public places can be very risky. There are several precautions you should take to not leave history, passwords and personal information for others.  One important factor is to log out after every session and use in-private browsing.  Below is an article from the editor of Sunbelt Security News that has many safe usage tips. 

Additionally he explains a cool feature of being a Sunbelt Vipre customer that we hate . Sunbelt will assist you on virus removal for Free!  Yep they will pick my pocket of service dollars, but we are always here to assist you as well because we know that time is money, and virus removal can be very frustrating. 

As a reminder if you are not using Vipre you can purchase it from us in the store or by going to our special antivirus web page at  www.gotavirusbug.com. 

By purchasing it from us we get a small commission and you get antivirus support from GFI (formerly SunbeltSoftware). In the tips from Larry he even includes links to removal documentation.

By the way E2 Computers is now offering Monitoring services to our customers that allows us to track the performance of your computers, and offer other service like Remote Support, Phone Support, eMail Support and special pricing for labor on repairs.  Our services start as low as  19.95/Month. Contact the store for further details at (727) 943-2406.

Now for tips from Larry Jaffe..

Operations: What You Need To Know

How to Stay Safe in Public

Let’s face it, there comes a time in everyone’s life, whether they like it or not, when they are compelled to use a public computer. This might be in an Internet café, public library an airport or in a hotel. Sometimes you just have to deal with it – indignity or not. Here are a few public house policies to follow so you don’t end up in the slammer or worse than that – your private info absconded. Let’s try and keep the private stuff private-okay?

Rule Numero Uno: Do Not, I repeat Do Not – don’t save your login on a public computer. This is just too tempting for the next guy. He may not be able to read your mind but he sure may guess at the password or have some device that feeds fifty gazillion entries into the wazoo and he steals your money. We don’t want that. So don’t under any circumstances allow your public computer to save your logon. Got it? Good!

Rule Numero Dos: After you have logged into a site, it is really a good practice to actually logout of that site when you are done. Don’t just close the browser and walk away. That I can assure you my friends is not a bright thing to do. You can experiment with this at home. Log into Facebook or your other favorite site, now just close the browser and then open the browser. Son of a gun – you are still logged into Facebook. So by all means unless you want someone posing as you and posting photos you don’t want to admit to, log the heck out of there.

A further point to make on this is that many of your social networking sites, web mail, etc. have an automatic login. When you are using a public computer, please don’t check that box, and if it is already checked when you are logging in just uncheck it.

And if you have to use the facilities in the midst of your online public computer experience; logout of everything, close all the windows, don’t leave anything alive and running. Don’t leave the computer to its lonesome self, it might find company from most unattractive places.

Rule Numero Tres: Let no one follow you – erase your tracks! Today’s browsers have a private mode where you can surf the web and leave without a trace. Chrome calls it Incognito, Firefox calls it Private Browsing and Internet Explorer has InPrivate. Here’s a cool article that explains how to use the private browsing feature in each of these browsers.
http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/77N8F2/110427-Private-Browsing

Another thing, you know that little feature in browser that asks you if you want to save the password after you login to a site. Unless you have a death wish – don’t click okay.

As a final precaution erase your temporary Internet Files and your history. Let’s face it, computers have long memories and funny places to store things. We don’t want some robber guy, checking into the computer you just departed and searching out your history. Aside from any potential blackmail situations this could evolve, you just don’t want to leave a trace. Go into the options part of your browser and usually in the security area it will tell you how to delete where you been. This is a very good practice to follow. However, if you have been using the private browser mode, you got yourself covered.

Rule Numero Quattro: Someone looking over your shoulder? You just might be surprised at just how many peaking Toms there are. When computing in public take a moment to look over your own shoulder to see who is watching you and copying down your passwords from afar. Especially, look out for those guys with binoculars, they are not studying birds in the airport proper, of that I can assure you.

Rule Numero Cinco: So after reading all this and you still want to do your banking in public (I advise not to do this) – it is really not a good idea because after all your precautions are just that precautions. You do not know who was playing at this computer before you sat in front of it. Some black-hat may have installed some rather nefarious software with the sole purpose of logging your passwords and other private info. Don’t make it easy for these guys. Just don’t do it!


Free Malware Removal

Malicious software is tricky and sometimes, these critters get through all your layers of protection. However, did you know that we will remove malware that has gotten into your computer for free? All you need is a valid subscription to VIPRE and our team of malware removal specialists will get the bad guys out. Our team will assist any customer that becomes infected while under VIPRE’s protection. Just go online and fill out the support form and a member of our Malware Removal Team will get back to you right away. You don’t have to pay for this incredible service.
http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/77N8F2/110427-Support-Forum
br> Also read our white paper on “How do I get help removing this infection?”
http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/77N8F2/110427-Infection-Removal-PDF


Free Support

Like our Malware Removal Team above our Support Team is also at your service. You don’t have to call in or send emails or wait in line, just fill out our support page and you will automatically create a support “case”. So should you be experiencing technical issues with your GFI product please feel free to fill out a support request and a technician will be happy to assist you.
http://www.sunbeltsecuritynews.com/77N8F2/110427-Support-Request-Form


This Week’s Top 10 Spyware Threats

  1. Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT: Trojan
  2. Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot.gen: Trojan
  3. Win32.Malware!Drop: Trojan
  4. Zugo Ltd (v): Adware (General)
  5. Trojan.Win32.Generic.pak!cobra: Trojan
  6. Trojan.Win32.Generic!SB.0: Trojan
  7. Trojan.JS.Redirector.cd (v): Trojan
  8. FraudTool.Win32.FakeRean.d (v): Rogue Security Program
  9. Trojan.Win32.FakeAv.awrp (v): Trojan
  10. Trojan.JS.Obfuscator.m (v): Trojan

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