5 Tips To Boost Your Security When Using Public Devices
Submitted by susan.rivera on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 11:06
By: Kaspersky Américas on 24/05/2012
In a recent
Securelist blog post, Kaspersky Lab
expert Dmitry Bestuzhev warns about the risk of data leakage when using public
tab devices that are commonly found in public places such as airports.
During a recent trip, Dmitry examined one such device to demonstrate this. After performing a quick
check of downloaded files, most visited sites and browser history, Dmitry found
a huge list of sensitive information including medical files and personal
traveler information with full names, IDs and flight information. This is a huge problem since the data is residing
on the machine, making it easy for cyber-criminals to access.
Inadvertently leaking data when using public
devices commonly occurs because people forget or underestimate the sensitivity
of the information they’re accessing, and don’t take proper steps to secure
themselves while using the device and after they leave it.
Don't fall into this common trap of
forgetfulness, and always use proper internet security when you're on the
Here are 5 tips from Dmitry about how to
boost your security when using public computers and tablets:
Check if a physical keylogger is
present or not – conduct a visual inspection of the communication port
between the computer or tab and the keyboard. If you see any strange
device in the middle, stop using the machine.
Use incognito mode when you browse
(most of the modern browsers support such functionality)
Try to use only Wi-Fi protected encrypted
networks. If it's not possible to do so, use your own VPN connection over
Make sure you have deleted any
downloaded files, even from a temp or downloading directory. Make sure
it's permanently deleted and not just moved to the trash.
Don't use a public computer for
accessing sensitive or corporate information.
-Dmitry Bestuzhev, Head of Global Research & Analysis,
Latin America, Kaspersky Lab