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Warning: Internet Cafes

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Tuesday, June 24, 2008 7:48:09 PM
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    In a country with extreme limited resources like Jordan, the business of Internet Cafes blooms and prospers. In fact, one street in Irbid has the Guinness World Record for having the most Internet cafes in the world.

    Although, this is an impressive record, it has huge issues associated with it. From security, to privacy to malicious attacks directed at the rest of the world due to extremely lax security measure and the extremely low technical abilities of most the Admins who have only recently upgraded from maintaining cell phones to providing services for the public

    The attack vectors are just, mind boggling! From evil Admins, to clueless admins, to malicious users, to naive users who are fooled into downloading Anna Kournikova titled emails that contain viruses and other malware. The level of threat is real and extremely high.

    Let alone people who install things so that they would record your passwords, and now your Messenger, Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook, MySpace, wordpress, blogger ...etc account is completely exposed to them and all thier buddies who might find it amusing to go over all your personal belongings and maybe make fun of some of your friends while they're at it.

    It's even conceivable that they would start sending emails with your name to all your email list, pretending to be you and adding viruses or Trojans to the unsuspecting friends causing all of them to get infected too.

    But the worst that could happen is that they might impersonate you and steal your identity. Possibly requesting credit cards in your name, putting you in an unrecoverable situation, and possibly ruining your life for good! Let alone the possibility that they might be implicating your name in some illegal activities that might lead you straight to jail, or worse to Guantanamo Bay!

    So what do you do if you're in need of a computer while you're away? Or if your budget doesn't allow you to get one?

    • If you can afford to travel with a Wi-Fi account, or have the ability to connect to your hotel's free Wi-Fi then do so. Always remember that many of these WIFI networks might not be secure, but in worse case, they're still better than using an Internet cafe
    • If you must, go to a good brand name with a decent location. Preferably where there is good foot traffic and there are no shady looking owners.
    • While you're at the place, look for authentic license to practice the business clearly displayed.
    • If they ask for your ID and add it to their database, that's usually a good sign. But don't let your guard down just yet
    • If you have a PC and you can connect to their network only without using their PCs, use that option
    • If they assign you a username and password, that's usually a good sign
    • Investigate if you're running as Administrator on the computer, if you are, then leave that PC, chances are everyone else has been running as an Administrator on this computer and there are no guarantees whatsoever!
    • Memorize the tell tales of having Norton, McAfee and other Anti virus, Anti malware tools. If they're running, that's usually a good indicator on that machine
    • DO NOT access your Bank account or other sensitive sites. Use Internet cafes for casual browsing and NOT as your office computer.
    • ALWAYS reset your password the minute you get to a secure PC. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS!

    Again, these are only tips but they will not guarantee your safety while at the Internet Cafe. Only YOU can guarantee your safety, and let me tell you, it's almost impossible to do so at these cafes

    What's my personal recommendation? DO NOT USE INTERNET CAFES, the risk is so great that you might regret it for the rest of your life. It's just an unnecessary risk that far outweighs the benefit!

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    Great post! I found some additional wi-fi info that may help you and your readers here:  http://cbs4.com/local/wi.fi.free.2.753130.html

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    • KJ
    • Windows Firefox Browser
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    • On: 6/26/2008 8:50:19 AM
    You made it sound like net cafes are a global threat LOL!

    But you're right on many things - I do tell my friends to delete all cookies and clear the cache before/after the use a public PC and to check processes w heik!
    • #3
    • 4ever4gotton
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 8/13/2008 10:43:28 PM
    yes especially when ur life and all that you know and learned from life has been destroyed from the leeches who sit at net cafes in jordan waiting for poor old divorced  girls to come  so they can get a 10 year resident card to usa  and then later make some excuse to get rid of you. after they told u they love u and would fight the world for u. these pigs who sit trying behind a  smoke screen will see the day light one day, after they get their great sucess from taxi  cab drivers who wear hijab. ana miskeen wallah. all he did was mock me torture me humiliate me and destroy me. after all i waited and did 4 him all i did was love him. he just used me. so never ever trust any cruel leech who would just use u fro a card or k1 k2 k3 or k khara just to get to usa, khalee ala allah , i hope inshallah after all his jokes and games he did he would go to hell. and one should not 4 get sisters like doha miriam sana mais heba or amal who seemed to play along with his horrible lies. who can 4 get kolbik the one in disqise who entered my own work place claiming lies. its ok  maybe i will die soon but i wont face all his torture any more  it will be on his head on his name. evedn if his false shhada he made in jordan i was told it cost 20 jods. all ppl were right about him. but i never wanted to belive it i just wanted him to love me, waS THAT SO HARD??????????  I ASKED FOR HIM TO TEACH ME ISLAm and arabic instead he used my own religion claiming he was a muslim but the end prooved that a lie. who sits in net cafes in jordan waiting for the first poor weak person to use them  and later say i hated u the day before i met u. meeeeeeeen bitsawi hadtha?
    • #4
    • 4ever4gotton
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 8/13/2008 11:00:48 PM
    what bout the leeches who sit in ammans net cafes who just wait behind a smoke screen for the first weak divorced  person that moves? so later they can brag to all their buddies that they won the case that for 2 long years  she waited just so he can tell me get lost i dont love u i found a taxi crab  to make my green card for me. what if u faced for 5 years humiliation dishonor disgrace and u lost everything in life just so he will finally be good with u and love u as he promised u. and in the end after he used u and got his 10 year resident card he will say i hated u the day b4 i met u? these leeches and preditors are all over the cafes in jordan waiting for the next victim to attack  they hate islam they hate usa they even hate women. all they love is weak and poor ppl with money or some insurance  they could be assured u will go all the way with the k1 k2 k3 k khara. they listen tou all ur calls on the phone. they even listen to u at home on ur pc they watch every site u go to. they need assuance u will be a candidate for their gammes and lies they will plan for ur future. they wake up screaming in the night so u will feel ur to blame for the life they got. leeches of hell. inshallah ya rub what happened to me i hope would not happen to my worst enemy. i hope he will be happy with his taxi crab thing
    • #5
    • 4ever4gotton
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 8/13/2008 11:03:19 PM
    by the way march 2 76 the people of this date need to get a reality check and tell themself  was it worth my mother to suffer to  give birth to me. these ppl should ask heba sana doha miriam amal or any sister if hell came now and allah asked what u did in life what will u say???????????????????
    • #6
    • 4ever4gotton
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 8/13/2008 11:11:07 PM
    oh yes i should not 4 get mais from cali that called me  telling me all sorts of crap about him.how can any human being look at themself daily after they use ppl lie to them cheat them and how can they talk to any one knowing what they did. why do they have to take all from u  if they dont love u so khala  but why take your home ur job ur car ur dignity and then turn around and blame u  how do these ppl sleep at night   
    • #7
    • 4ever4gotton
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 8/13/2008 11:13:29 PM
    even if mais and anas or carol and anas or whoever, does it mean 4 gotton has to be 4 gotton? why ppl cannot haVE SOME RESPECT FOR OTHER HUMANS . WHY EVERY WORD IS ALL ABOUT THEY WAY THEY HATE U. WORDS LIKE DONT TALK TO ME I HATE U I CANT STAND TO HEAR U U ARE NOT GOOD  DOES IT MEAN THEY LIKE MEN OR WHAT?
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