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    Don’t expect security in Internet cafes


    by debate ·

    Would you trust an Internet cafe with your e-mail? How do you safely check your e-mail when you’re out of town? What measures has your organization taken to secure remote access to e-mail? Share your comments about securing remote access to e-mail, as discussed in the Sept. 15 Internet Security Focus e-newsletter.

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    • #2744308

      Putty or Twingo

      by napoleon ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      My mail server is IMAP and FreeBSD based. When I travel
      (and I do often), I will first try to use putty to have an SSH
      client. If that fails, I use Twingo (
      combined with Mail2Web is secure mode
      ( With this second solution, I will have
      a secure environment in which I can run a generic webmail
      client. I am sure not to leave any trace behind once I have
      closed my email session.

    • #2744307

      I don’t trust cafes either

      by gaurav ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      I normally carry a laptop along, and use it work. Also, IMAP over SSL provides secure access to my mail.

      If you absolutely have to use Outlook Express on a public computer, delete your account, compact folders, and delete related files.

      For sensitive data, a cellphone access would be preferred rather than going to a cafe.

    • #2744306

      Change password before and clear the cache

      by dick_kp ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      Somehow, we can’t escape from the Internet cafes due to high cost of roaming (you cannot use comapny resource for personal trip, right). In this case, I usually first change my hotmail or yahoo mail password before my trip and change it back after I return home.

      Another point is make sure you have cleaned the browser cache and URL location bar before you leave.

      It can’t solve every problem but should avoid some of them.


    • #2744261


      by beingme ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      As for myself, I follow the thought that if you dont ask and they dont tell….
      Putty will fit comfortably on a floppy, and it is part of my travelling packout. Also included is a CDROM with all of the putty tools, and a couple of other useful tools(i.e. cmd line av, history wiping scripts, etc…).
      I have yet to encounter a Cafe that will prevent me from running something from cd or floppy (doesn’t mean they dont exist though). I would like to try out the buiness card cdrom idea for this, just havent been able to buy any yet.
      Frankly the world generally has poor security, bring your own protection.

    • #2744241

      Make sure its legal

      by adutton ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      Use of PuTTY is illegal in countries where encryption is outlawed. Do your research online before you head out on your trip to make sure your tool will not land you in trouble.

    • #2744219

      Keystroke logger

      by robwaybro ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      I have read the previous replies and comments and I have to bring this up.

      There are several hardware and software keystroke loggers that are invisible to the end user and it captures the keystrokes at the local machine, and can even email them to the person that setup the computer.

      These would capture your logins and passwords to your ssh, putty, ssl, whatever account so you could actually make a great big security hole in your system thinking you were being secure.

      The internet cafes may be good for casual searching, but I would not do anything business related, or connect to a personal machine at all using one.

      Even connecting a laptop to a cybercafe’s system is not safe with the ability to use a sniffer to capture your packets.

      There does need to be a lot of thought given to this kind of access.

      • #2744176


        by jellimonsta ·

        In reply to Keystroke logger

        No one method of security so it seems, is by any standards secure these days. I agree that cyber cafes should not be used for business purposes. Uncontrolled network access and unrestricted computer usage are bad situations waiting to happen. Technology is only going to take you so far in securing your information. Along with policies and end user security training there also has to be some accountability. It is fine for team members to be aware of corporate security measures but if they are not enforced then they are not worth the paper they are printed on.

        • #2741823

          Company should think about adding this into their security policy

          by dick_kp ·

          In reply to True

          Just a little summary. May be company should think about putting “No Internet Cafe for company activities” into their security policy. As a user, I won’t be happy with this policy but I think it will protect both me and my company.

          May be company should also think about providing other ways for their staffs accessing Interneton their trips. Such as a company roaming account and a notebook.


    • #2741792

      Hold the bandwagon I want hop on!!

      by jkaras ·

      In reply to Don’t expect security in Internet cafes

      I cant understand why people flock to these cafes? To me it is just a bunch of self important wannabes trying to look cool jumping on any bandwagon to keep up with the Jones. If your on a business trip and need sensitive email data chances are you have laptop that you could VPN into your network. I like interacting with computers but I dont get the whole email craze, it’s not that cool, I can live a few days without getting my doses of lame jokes and viagra spam. Go to a library, use the hotels pc

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