Internet Safety for Cyber Cafes

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    Firewalls

    • When using a Wi-Fi connection in a cyber cafe, Microsoft recommends enabling a firewall. Windows XP and Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 installed has a firewall on by default. A firewall provides protection against others seeing your private information.

    Prevention/Solution

    • VPN, or virtual private network, is software that allows a remote computer to access a larger private network. VPNs are secure, and all information is encrypted, so using a VPN can keep your information safer. VPN services such as HotSpot Shield are recommended by both TechSoup and Gadling.

    Considerations

    • When browsing the Internet at a cyber cafe, avoid entering sensitive data. Microsoft recommends not entering any passwords or credit card numbers, and Gadling recommends not doing anything that you wouldn't want another person to see. If you must enter sensitive data, ensure it's a secure site by checking for "https" at the beginning of the web address.

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