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Security on downloads directly to flash drive?

by charlessinclair / December 29, 2008 1:02 AM PST

If I'm using a public access computer and I download personal information or any type of sensitive media directly to a USB flash drive, is there a copy of the download left in the computer's hard drive? Can anyone, the administrator for example, access and read the information I downloaded to the flash drive? Thanks very much.

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Since it's on a public computer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2008 1:04 AM PST

Copies of, where you went and more can be logged. If not on that PC but on the server that gives this PC the content.

Sorry, no security for this one.

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Was using a Public Library Computer but got an internal
by Darrell / December 29, 2008 4:08 AM PST

virus. The next time I did ccleaner from my flash drive, cleaned out out cookies, temporay internet files, history - they had IE7 so it was with Properties and delete all. Did the same with my download and deleted from the desktop. Checked if they were in Recycle Bin.

The man in charge was glad that it was cleaned out so others could make better use of the station I was at. I did ask if they needed updates since I saw some were not done but the explained that if I had
I would have violated a rule since they a reduced price on them so I left that alone. Always ask. Darrell

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Re: download
by Kees Bakker / December 29, 2008 4:29 AM PST

If you download a file to a flash drive using Internet Explorer, it's downloaded to Temporary Internet Files, then copied to the flash drive. Unless you clear the TIF or the login/logoff procedure does, anybody with access to My Computer or Windows Explorer can see it.

If I were in command of a public computer, I'd disable the use of Flash drives, because they can bring viruses in. But that's another story.


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