Protecting your privacy on public computers

Using a public computer opens you to a host of possible problems.

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)-The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is offering new policies to schools to help protect student’s privacy using electronic devices.

This includes using the internet on computers and their cell phones. The ACLU policies will help protect students’ privacy while they’re using electronic devices while at school. But your privacy could be in jeopardy at other public places, like a hotel or even a library.

“I don’t log onto anything other than my own computer, iPad, or use my own cell phone,” said Mary Anne Drobot of Agawam. “I’m very worried.”

The Amherst school systems makes sure students understand the importance of their privacy on the Internet.

Michael Morris, Interim Superintendent of Amherst Schools told 22News, “We teach students. We have technology teachers at our elementary school and we are very fortunate to have that,” said Morris. “We do a lot with internet safety with all of our students, whether its school computers or not, and make sure they are equipped with their privacy knowledge.”

Using a public computer opens you to a host of possible problems.

“Things like your name possibly, your email, if someone gets an email they can add you to a mailing list and can phish out your information from there, especially if you use real accounts,” said Sam McGloin, Junior Systems Administrator for Northeast IT.

McGloin told 22News it’s easy for people to bypass security measures on public computers. He recommends using so-called “incognito browsers”. which hide your history on a computer…

McGloin said wait to get home to access your bank account or anything that requires your social security number. He said your smartphone is safer than a public network.