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Old 25 Mar 2005, 07:40 AM   #1
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Internet cafes : a pain

Within a week or 2 I'm finally having internet at home Me and the inhabitants of the other flats in the buildings are setting up a small local network to share costs...

Glad it's finally happening cause these internet cafes are a true pain. I just arrived here and noticed in the browser someone has been seeing adult sites... When looking a bit through the hard disk's files I notice a few por-nographic downloads... I got suspicious and before entering any passwords I thought I'd scan for virusses and spyware. Incredible : the cafe owner didn't scan for more than a month and I had to clean up over 150 spyware/virus files

This is making me sick, can't even check my mails without having to worry for password security. Why the heck does anyone want to check po-rn in the middle of a public place, why the heck did the store owner install AdAware and Norton not to use it afterwards ?!



Now I use a USB memorystick to store my own files. As I copied a few Wordpad documents on it, I just wanted to ask if it is possible that I copy a virus to it that may change the file's contents.
The WordPad file is very personal thing and I didn't work hard on it to see the content changed by some virus or so. I may look way too far and react slightly paranoid, but I don't know if I have no reason to worry after having cleaned up 150 'nasty' files...

Also weird: when copying the files from memory stick 1 to memory stick 2, I checked properties for the files on stick 2. All seemed fine, they all had the "created" date of today and "modified" date of the day when I last modified them on the first memorystick. Except one file which strangely enough had the same date for "created" and "modified"

Maybe I am worrying too much, but my lack of technical knowledge does make it impossible for me to know myself... And a decent internetcafe owner should just kick out everyone opening adult sites. If one wants to visit those sites, do it at home where you don't bother others.
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Old 25 Mar 2005, 10:06 AM   #2
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Shouldn't, unless you're copying an executable virus, or a virus on the machine attacks USB devices.

I've never had to use an internet cafe. I live in a small town--there may be 7,000 people, but it's too small to set up any major hot spots. Our growth rate is -.1%--that is saddening

I suggest simply finding an online host to handle those files--upload them via FTP, and then as you enter internet cafes, you can download them and not worry about infection. That's what I do--I keep about 4 or 5 different hosts--some I put sites on, others I use for personal backup.
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Old 25 Mar 2005, 10:46 AM   #3
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Re: Internet cafes : a pain

Public computers and network access points in general are a huge security risk.

At the risk of providing a false sense of security, it would be nice if there were an international standard for best-practices (e.g. for internet cafes) that could optionally be audited on a regular basis much like the local health department grades restaurants in Southern California.
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Old 25 Mar 2005, 01:04 PM   #4
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Re: Re: Internet cafes : a pain

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Public computers and network access points in general are a huge security risk.

At the risk of providing a false sense of security, it would be nice if there were an international standard for best-practices (e.g. for internet cafes) that could optionally be audited on a regular basis much like the local health department grades restaurants in Southern California.
Ummm... yeah. I'll call up Kofi and we'll get started on that right away.
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Old 26 Mar 2005, 06:37 AM   #5
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Ummm... yeah. I'll call up Kofi and we'll get started on that right away.
I was thinking more along the lines of ISO except (much) less expensive to certify and more easy to understand.
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Old 21 Sep 2022, 10:54 AM   #6
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I would be worried someone may be looking over my shoudler and see what im doing

I dont think those cafes are very good..... Forget all the people there. Your surrounded by lots of RF and thas not good either....
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