The most common places where you’ll find public computers will likely be coffee houses, bookstores or your local library. Public computers are available for the masses to use to access the Internet, check their email and even do homework or work for their businesses.
Public computers are very useful, but are often limited in what features they make available to the public. There may be firewalls on the system or software installed on the computer that may make it difficult to access certain sites that the host has deemed restricted. This is probably one of the most annoying things about using a public computer since individual’s often customize the sites they access so that they can retrieve it later and pick up where they left off.
Public computers are very helpful to school-aged students who need it to do their homework or to access sites for research projects that they’re working on. Most library computers have internal resource directories for information for the student to use, or they may offer direct links to those sites where the student can find more information on the things they need.
When using a public computer, always be mindful of your surroundings and pay attention to anything suspicious. This is especially helpful if you are accessing a site to make a purchase and you’re using your credit card. Keep this information safe by keeping it out of plain view and putting it away right after you’ve used it.
It’s also a good idea to use a disk to save your work to when you’re using a public computer, just to make sure that your work is not lost if there’s a computer malfunction. Many local places like coffee houses may even supply disks to their customers with a product purchase, which makes it more appealing to use their computer facilities.