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Remember to log out if you let someone else use your PC

Jun 2nd, 2007, 06:38 AM
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Uh-oh.

The only way to check balances and bank info safely is to (gulp) carry a laptop or PPC with you - and make sure it's set up securely. Jack into the internet anywhere you can.

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Jun 2nd, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Hey I throw no stones. I have always used internet cafes to check balances. My laptop belongs to the company I work for. Fortunately, after using public PCs the last 8 years, I've never had an issue.
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 07:05 AM
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Sandi -

If you use your employer's laptop and it's set up correctly, your internet cafe transactions are as safe as any you do from your house.

If you use the cafe's computer, you are living in a fool's paradise. The fact that nothing bad has happened yet is, in your words, "Fortunately."
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 08:14 AM
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I can understand that if I am in the US, and can log into my companies network that I am well protected. I don't see how I can do that from Europe though. I will have to ask them about that when planning for my next trip.
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 08:31 AM
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At the Banque Postale, you don't type in anything. You just run your mouse over a numeric keypad that changes configuration at every connection, and you only click after the five digits have entered themselves visually.
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Jun 2nd, 2007, 09:03 AM
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"I don't see how I can do that from Europe though."

1. Use your own computer. I wouldn't even trust a local one with a visual entry as kerouac describes.

2. A firewall is absolutely essential.

3. Have an anti-virus running at all times.

4. Send sensitive information ONLY to sites whose URL begins with https. Your browser displaying a lock or key is an additional check you should make each time.

Check out the combined firewall/anti-virus/tuneup from microsoft.com/onecare
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