by Fernando de la Cuadra
- International Technical Editor, Panda Software - Friday, 6 August 2004.
Finally, another widely used method for staying up-to-date with what’s going on at work is to redirect mail to another address so that you can check your email even if you can’t connect to your company’s server. So from your laptop you can work as if you were in the office. The problem comes when you access from a computer that isn’t yours, such as in a business centre or cyber-cafe. Many people use these computers everyday and just as they leave information there, they can also read the information you leave: from simple, apparently unimportant emails to details of your company’s bid for the latest projects… your competitors could be very grateful. Even if the information is not sensitive, you are still leaving your email address where it could later be used for malicious purposes.
Nowadays, for very little money, anyone can get hold of flash memory devices that connect to USB ports. Even medium-sized memories like this can support a small email client and so with one of these, by-passing the security measures that may be in place is a piece of cake.