Have you ever wondered if the public computer you’re logging into has software to track your keystrokes? It’s not improbable, especially at heavily-used locations such as libraries and hotels. Attackers aim to record the characters typed into the publicly available computer in an attempt to harvest usernames and passwords, allowing them access to sensitive emails and personal information.
Just recently, though, Google has devised a way to log into your account in a much more secure manner at public computers. Venturing over to http://accounts.google.com/sesame will create a unique QR code within your web browser. Use your smartphone to scan the code and open the webpage address it contains. Remember not to close the page you scanned the code from on the public computer just yet. On your smartphone, type your username and password into the login screen once it loads. Give it a moment to process and Google will automatically log you into your account on the public computer.
Voila! You no longer have to worry about pesky keystroke loggers when you need to use a public computer. Just don’t forget to sign out when you’re done!
**Edit** – My good pal, Craig, just brought something to my attention. If you’ve got access to your Google account on your smartphone, what’s the need for a public computer? It’s a good point – but you never know. It’s always good to have more security avenues available.