Are cybercafes, airports, libraries and other publicly-available Internet terminals private?


For some things.  We advise that you do not use public terminals to access your bank account, check your credit card statement, pay bills, shop, or access any other personally or financially sensitive information. Publicly available Internet terminals are not likely to be closely supervised to ensure online privacy and security. In addition, they are used by many individuals every day.

Ask the company that operates the public terminal how often they check their computers for spyware. Find out if they have installed a program that deletes cookies, erases surfing history, removes temporary files, and clears Internet caches.

If the program does not automatically activate when users log off, find out how you can run the program before you end your session.

Cache is a file on the computer’s hard drive used by the browser to store Web pages you have visited, documents you have retrieved, and graphics from sites you’ve recently visited. When you use the BACK feature, or any other means to revisit a document or Web site, the browser first checks to see if it is in cache and will retrieve it from there because it is much faster than retrieving it from the server.


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