Fun with public PCs
Most airline lounges now offer PC's with Internet access, which is great for me. I can check email, chat, shop, even code with those while waiting for a plane. But recently this gets even better for me, definitely more entertaining, when people using these PCs start to leave personal information on those machines.
For example, my last trip I manage to first check "Bob"s Amazon shopping wish list at the Logan lounge. It contained toys (for his kids?), a few CD's, some cookbooks, and two instructional books that offer tips to improve his, well, you can guess. I couldn't help but add to his list a few healthy eating cookbook to see if that will make any difference for him.
It got more exciting at first, as I got to Chicago. "Mike" left his outlook web access browser open. Going thru his email and contacts turned out to be quite boring. He must be a really important guy. Most of his emails are from his assistant talking about company parties and which Jaguar he is to get as a company car. I was tempted to email his assistant for him and order a mini van instead but decided against it.
So, unless you are the sharing kind of person, don't forget to:
- Close all browser windows when you are done with these borrowed PC's. Not just minimize the windows.
- Sign-out from services like Amazon. Click links like "if you are not Mr Smith, click here" to sign out.
- Never check the "save password" checkbox when typing in user names and passwords. It is easy to hit that by mistake.