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How Safe Are Campus Computers? - I Made CC Transaction


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#1 kyphysics

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 11:24 PM

I made a credit card transaction at my community college's science computer lab.  It's an open lab for any students to use.

 

I didn't think much about it at the time, but then started feeling a little weird about it later on today.  I figured in the back of my mind that the university probably updates and protects these computers as well as anyone.  I always see those nightly "computers will be shutting down and updating" messages that forces us off the PCs for a while for maintenance. I figured they'd probably be just as safe is not safer than my home PC. But now I'm having some regrets, since I'm not very knowledgeable about computers.

 

Was my assumption right? How safe are college computers and should I block my credit card to be safe?

 

Feeling a bit nervous and upset with myself at the moment.  I was Christmas gift browsing on the internet and wanted to make a purchase right away while it was fresh on my mind, but didn't consider the ramifications of my actions that deeply until driving home later. 

 

 



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Posted 14 December 2014 - 05:32 AM

It's hard to tell, as we don't know the system. Public computers are often a risk, campus computers too.

 

Did you nee to logon with your credentials to this computer, or is it just open for everybody?

 

Can you contact someone from the college IT department and ask about this particular computer?


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Posted 14 December 2014 - 09:09 AM

Keep in mind that the IT Department may have policies in place which prohibited such activities. Some policies can actually block while others are written with expectation the student will follow them.

Regardless, do not be afraid to contact them as Didier Stevens suggests. The folks in the IT Depart deal with this stuff all the time and most are understanding and very helpful.
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Posted 14 December 2014 - 01:30 PM

Good point quietman7!


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