Not logging off can be a big security threat
Internet security is hugely important and despite all the software and firewalls we have sometimes we can be our worst enemy.
Failing to log off certain sites on a shared PC whether it’s in a shopping centre, an internet café, the Apple Store or the hotel business centre has been identified as one of the most common causes of security breaches by Melbourne-based internet security company AVG.
“If any of these scenarios applies to you, then it’s vitally important that you make it an ingrained habit to log out. Oh, and wait for the confirmation that you are logged out,” says security guru Lloyd Borrett from AVG.
“Any PC you share, or any shared PC you use, is at an increased risk for viruses, spyware, key loggers, worms, Trojans, rootkits or any other malicious software (malware).
“It’s possible that the shared PCs you use have fallen victim to cyber criminals, which means they could steal your passwords or even bank account details and other personal information.
“When using these PCs you’re also deciding to trust the administrator, or the last person to use the computer before you. And if you don’t log out, you’re going to need to trust the next person to use the PC as well.”
So how can you protect yourself?
Here are some tips from AVG:
1. Make sure you log out of any user account, web service or program you are logged in to.
2. Use the Windows logo key + L key to at least lock the PC you’re using if you have to move away from it.
3. Don’t use someone else’s computer to log in to one of your web-based accounts which contains sensitive data and don’t do online banking or online shopping. Always use your own PC for these sensitive activities.
4. When using a shared PC, you should never check a “Remember me” box. If it’s already selected by default, remember to uncheck it.
5. If you get an auto-complete pop-up while logging in to any account on a shared PC, read it carefully and be sure to click the “No” option.