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March 14, 2008 By: Guy Mizrahi Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Surprise surprise – we are in Eilat ๐Ÿ™‚

My mom placed an order for hotel and flights to Eilat but she and my dad couldn’t go.

My wife and me got the vacation.. thanks mom and dad ๐Ÿ™‚

When we arrived into the hotel, we upgraded our vacation to VIP and therefore we can get into the business lounge.

We enjoy free food and drinks, breakfast in the 12’th floor with an amazing view.

The business lounge has two computers in it with a (more or less) fast Internet connection.

When I got to the computers both had their Internet browsers open.

One quick look and I saw that one computer was on Google. The guy who surf there before me left his Gmail account logged on.. You don’t even need to hack into his Gmail ๐Ÿ™‚

The other computer was in stock’s site. A few clicks “back” in the browser’s toolbar and I was logged as him.

It didnโ€™t end there…

A quick review of the computer show that it is full with spywares, Trojan horses, and other malware. The computer had Spy Sweeper installed but it didnโ€™t help..

So how can you work safely?

1. Donโ€™t leave your account logged in when you finish using it. It is better if you will not get into sites that require User and Password.

2. Delete the browser history, temp files and cookies when you finish.

3. Close the Internet Browser. Restart the computer. (If the policies do not allow this you can disconnect the computer from the electricity โ€“ it works too ๐Ÿ™‚ )

4. Best if you disconnect the computer from the network and use your laptop.

5. Work with cellular modem and donโ€™t rely on the hotel.

In my Hebrew blog I wrote once how to bypass Captive Portals.

Got some fire when I wrote that..


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