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Open the fortress: a new proposal for public access workstation security

Information technology and libraries [December 2000]


Copyright (c) 2000 Library Information and Technology Association

Abstract: As computer use increases, library staff spend increasing amounts of time cleaning hard disks of saved files, reloading browser bookmark files, and troubleshooting overwritten files and applications. This article evaluates the two most common methods for securing public access workstations: using security software and recopying the complete drive image. The authors propose a new solution for security, which avoids many of the problems the commonly used methods present. The method removes user-added files on reboot, as well as restores any user-altered or removed files. Instructions for set up using free software are included, along with web addresses for additional information.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Information technology and libraries
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 4
Issue:December 2000
Publisher:Library Information and Technology Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Special Issue: User-Customizable Library Portals; Eric Lease Morgan, Guest Editor~Darshan Gencarelle (dgencare@hotmail .com) is an independent IT consultant. Linda Matson ( is Reference Technology Librarian, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Subject: Library public workstation security
Record Number:8508
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00