I wonder ... about using public library computers ...

Dallas, Texas
January 1, 2017 12:36pm CST
Have you ever wondered about your privacy while in an online session at a computer that is in a library, connected to the public library database? Well? The library is part of a public internet system and the threats of cybercrimes is real, so does the library do some snooping? Just asking.
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@GardenGerty (87753)
• Marion, Kansas
1 Jan
I do not know that the library itself does any snooping, but it is vulnerable to data breaches. I will not put sensitive information, like for banking and credit cards on there.
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• Dallas, Texas
1 Jan
That is a very smart idea.
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@DWDavis (11216)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
1 Jan
I don't think we can have any expectation of privacy when using a public library computer. There could be any number of nasty things on that computer to scam whatever private or personal information you might enter.
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• Dallas, Texas
1 Jan
Thank you. I avoid them, but they do help those who have no other access.
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1 Jan
I don't like to use computers in libraries.
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• Dallas, Texas
1 Jan
I think it best to err on the side of caution.
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@yukimori (8558)
• United States
1 Jan
@lookatdesktop Definitely, especially where potentially sensitive information is concerned.
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@yukimori (8558)
• United States
1 Jan
Ethical librarians won't do it, but I imagine some do. Sure makes you think twice before logging onto a public computer, doesn't it?
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• Dallas, Texas
1 Jan
Indeed it does.
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@LeaPea2417 (12734)
• Toccoa, Georgia
10 Jan
I would not check my bank statement online at the Public Library.
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@jstory07 (57597)
• Roseburg, Oregon
1 Jan
I used the internet before but I did not go into my checking accounts or pay pal accounts. I just did research.
@JohnRoberts (34033)
• Los Angeles, California
1 Jan
I only use public library computers for general lookups. No checking emails or any sites requiring sign ins and passwords.