Internet security takes many forms and no single security solution is comprehensive. It is important to recognize the risks and what you can do about it.
Public Access Computers and Laptops Provided by the Library
Highland Park Public Library public access computers use several strategies to help keep your Internet experience safe but ultimately you are responsible for your own security.
Public access computers are updated weekly with software and security patches including Windows updates to minimize vulnerabilities
Firewall rules, antivirus, and other policies are enforced
We utilize a 3rd party application called Deep Freeze which returns the PC to a previous state after reboot. Any threats or personal information is then deleted.
Your Private Wi-Fi Connected Device
The Library offers two Wi-Fi connections; one that is “Open” or unsecured (HPPL), and another that is secured (HPPLS)
HPPL is an "open" connection and sends information between your device and the Wi-Fi Access Point in plain text. No password is needed to use this unsecured network.
HPPLS is a WPA secured network. A password, available at any service desk,is needed to access this connection. This network encrypts your communication. Note that secured Wi-Fi alone is only a small part of a robust Internet Security Solution.
Other security options to help keep you safe
Use a firewall
Combining the security protocols and techniques listed above will help to ensure that your personal information stays personal and not public. For more information visit the Computer and Technology resource listing on our website.