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Public access computers are different beasts from staff and home computers. Having dozens or even hundreds of different individuals use the same computer in just a week raises certain issues that must ...

Public access computers are different beasts from staff and home computers. Having dozens or even hundreds of different individuals use the same computer in just a week raises certain issues that must be addressed including virus prevention, security and privacy. In this session Michael Sauers and Diane Wells will discuss these issues and offer advice on ways to address these issues.

NCompass Live - April 8, 2009.

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    NCompass Live: Setting Up Your Public Access Computers NCompass Live: Setting Up Your Public Access Computers Presentation Transcript

    • Michael Sauers & Diane Wells Nebraska Library Commission NCompass Live – 8 April 2009
    • It’s all about balance http://www.flickr.com/photos/17149966@N00/514646045/
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/80672516@N00/501791705/
    • General strategies  Don’t allow booting from anything but the hard drive (this is set in the BIOS)  Set a BIOS password  The public should not run as admin (maybe unless…)
    • Patch Tuesday
    • Reduce Temptation http://www.flickr.com/photos/42921300@N00/618480797/
    • Passwords http://www.flickr.com/photos/31557656@N06/3303542092/
    • Passwords: from good to great  Size does matter  Case sensitivity  Numbers  Punctuation & Symbols  Spaces are usually allowed  Changed often… maybe. http://www.flickr.com/photos/8395041@N02/2505803867/
    • Firefox secure password generator https://addons.mozilla.org/e n-US/firefox/addon/135
    • Password Strategy  “I don’t like changing my passwords” = IDLCMPW  For Amazon use: AIDLCMPWZ  For Facebook use: FIDLCMYPWB  Add numbers, mixed case, symbols, etc to improve.
    • Locking down the desktop http://www.flickr.com/photos/19387816@N00/196455538/
    • Windows Steady State  http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfa mily/sharedaccess/default.mspx  Lock profiles  Hard disk protection
    • Non-free options  Deep Freeze http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp  Centurion Guard http://www.centuriontech.com/products/centurionguard/
    • Can they run as admin if I have Steady State installed? http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelinlibrarian/3417929927/
    • Anti-Virus
    • Free options  ClamWin (Free, OpenSource, no real-time) http://www.clamwin.com/  AVG Free (Free for “home”) http://free.avg.com/  Avast! (Free for “home”) http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html
    • Running software like Windows Steady State eliminates the need to run anti-virus software since once you reboot the virus will be gone. http://www.flickr.com/photos/90829399@N00/2870242065/
    • Anti-Phishing
    • Browser Privacy  Zero the history  Zero the cache  Turn off password memory
    • Any Questions?  Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian msauers@nlc.state.ne.us  Diane Wells Computer Support Services dwells@nlc.state.ne.us