Public Access Security Issues
Public Access security is different than typical PC security setups, which
are more concerned with protecting individual user's files and directories. Some
of the Public Access security concerns are:
- The computer should run day-to-day with little maintenance.
- Files on the computer should be protected from changes, temporary files
and files downloaded or saved on the hard disk should be automatically
- Only a pre-defined set of programs should be allowed to execute. Public
users should not be able to run programs downloaded from the Internet or
brought in on floppy diskettes.
- Protect against virus infections that could be spread to patron's
computers via diskette.
- System files such as the files in the Windows directory and the DOS root
directory files need to be protected.
- The computer must be prevented from booting from a floppy disk.
Booting from a floppy disk can allow full access to the hard disk, and is a
likely source of virus infections.
If you need to provide security for multiple users, or need to protect
sensitive documents then you need a very advanced security program, or more
likely, a different operating system or a LAN.