September 01, 2007

Thought for the Day

First, a public service announcement: You'd think people would all know this by now, but when accessing GMail from a public computer, it's important to explicitly sign out when you're done. It isn't enough just to navigate away from the page. I've typed into the address bar of a browser on a public terminal, only to be dumped into someone's personal mailbox, twice in the last month alone. Both forgetful souls in question should be really relieved to know that nothing bores me as much as other people's private correspondence.

But next time, next time it happens ... I'm going to write an email on whoever's account, addressed to themselves, telling them to remember to log out of their own sodding mail so that I don't have to do it for them.

Second, an expression of gratitude: It's for times like these that the gods invented dirty martinis. They have my humble thanks.

Posted by natasha at September 1, 2007 02:34 PM | Random Mumblings | Technorati links |

On the PSA thing, there's also the question of the browser cache, which might hold sensitive email; of cookies, which might hold personal information and even login tokens; of browser password assistants, which might still have your login password unless you're really sure you disabled that. And even if you check all that, consider this. People need to be aware of what they're exposed to when they use public computers.

Posted by: Barry Leiba at September 1, 2007 10:18 PM

I used to do just that to my students, and occasionally fellow professors, when introducing computers and e-mail and such.

Posted by: Thomas Ware at September 2, 2007 03:49 PM