This article from the McAfee blogs highlights the danger associated with using shared Internet facilities in a library, hotel, restaurant, or executive lounge. Some key points include:
* It’s always important to LOGOFF all environments after checking email or other activity.
* Users should avoid sharing sensitive information
* Users should avoid e-commerce transactions
* In these less trusted settings, there are even dangers of keyloggers or wireless interception capabilities.
* There are dangers in plugging portable media (USB devices) into public computers as they could be potentially infected
* Finally, if you see that the last user is still logged on, please do them a favor and log them off
Public Internet Facilities – Dangers in using shared devices
QUOTE: One of the perks of travel is access to Executive Lounges. One of the perks of Executive Lounges is that they often have VERY cool devices on display for the weary traveler to use. In one particular lounge I am currently in resides a very nifty Motorola XOOM:
I am kinda torn on the idea of shared devices. It’s great to have access to cool technology in a lounge or a store but you would kind of hope there would be SOME kind of protection or device management/lockdown going on. Who in their right mind would log into a wide open device and use it for their private email, twitter or Facebook use right? I think you guessed…. quite a few people.
This particular XOOM (and there were several in this lounge as well as at least one Motorola ATRIX) had what you would expect: Twitter, YouTube, FaceBook and such. All of these has multiple logins with the account data saved (which I will NOT show for obvious reasons) but in truth this was not what surprised me. Poking around I quickly noticed that I had full access to the main account that the device used.