Solved Software to secure publicly accessible computer?

December 29, 2011 at 23:43:48
Specs: Windows XP, old
What kind of software should I use to protect a computer that will be accessible to public walk-in customers?

I want to protect against 3 things mainly in order of importance:

1.) Access of the previous customers data. Could be websites they forgot to logout of or personal data they saved on the computer.

2.) Stop them from messing up the computer.

3.) Stop them from fooling around with other devices/computers on our network.

The purpose of this machine is to allow customers to go online and download/open documents for printing or emailing (through web based e-mail only). We don't want or need them to have access to anything else. It won't be the end of the world if they destroyed this computer but we don't want them to mess up anything else on our network. The biggest threat is that one customer accesses the previously customers data that was carelessly saved to the computer or a website they didn't logout of.

What is the best solution that's free or not too expensive? This doesn't have to be secure like fort knox - the customers will only be accessing this computer while in direct line of site of employees but still I think it's only prudent to put in some reasonable deterrents and take some reasonable steps to protect customer data.

Ideally every time somebody logs out or in all caches, temp files, active logins and files saved to the computer would be purged.


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January 3, 2012 at 08:09:02
They use Deepfreeze by Faronics in lots of internet cafe's. I also use it on a 2nd PC instead of using an anti-virus and to this day have never had a virus on the PC...I use it for opening questionable apps, etc....before I install things on my main PC.

It TOTALLY protects the hard drive and all you do is reboot it, and it goes back to exactly the same state it was in when you installed it....in other words...you have to save any info you want to keep on either a thumbdrive or burn it to a CD/DVD.
http://www2.faronics.com/en/Product...

If you are really good with google search you may find a really low price on it...

I also install it on some of my clients PC's if they have trouble with people constantly going to porn sites, etc....they have the option to turn it on or off.

Response #1 does not seem fool proof enough for me. People can always alter browser access, etc.

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December 30, 2011 at 08:17:01
Your questions are easy enough and free, lol, no worries!

1. For the browser specifically, I know Mozilla has a function that deletes all the website and browser data when the browser is closed. So that could be a function used for the internet history. As far as local data on the desktop or my documents, because of titles and things like that.. I do honestly think manual deletions would be best. There are programs out there that can do that for you, I just never trusted them.

2. Have plenty of security.. get AVG For Free 2012 and ZoneAlarm on there, you can find both of those on download.com. These two put together will prevent a lot of intrusions. Also, to make it easy.. if you know of certain sites you want blocked (facebook, etc) you can just have those blocked within your router.

3. As long as you keep your network DHCP and none of the computers are shared through the network, you'll be okay with this one. Someone could easily go into the network and see other workgroup computers, but if they don't have any shared and weren't configured for that access, it will be denied.

I hope this helps!


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December 30, 2011 at 23:25:33
I'm sure there is a software designed for this. Doesn't anyone know? For example what do they use in itnernet cafe's?


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January 3, 2012 at 07:23:54
I can only speak for what I have had experience with.. but for the internet cafe here in town they used someone like me, lol.


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January 3, 2012 at 08:09:02
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They use Deepfreeze by Faronics in lots of internet cafe's. I also use it on a 2nd PC instead of using an anti-virus and to this day have never had a virus on the PC...I use it for opening questionable apps, etc....before I install things on my main PC.

It TOTALLY protects the hard drive and all you do is reboot it, and it goes back to exactly the same state it was in when you installed it....in other words...you have to save any info you want to keep on either a thumbdrive or burn it to a CD/DVD.
http://www2.faronics.com/en/Product...

If you are really good with google search you may find a really low price on it...

I also install it on some of my clients PC's if they have trouble with people constantly going to porn sites, etc....they have the option to turn it on or off.

Response #1 does not seem fool proof enough for me. People can always alter browser access, etc.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions 7 Medals


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