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Is security a problem if I use a public workstation?

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Yes. Web browsers store information and create a history file on the local workstation. This allows a subsequent user of the workstation to access the system under your name using the browser's Back button to recall a page from the cache, or by finding a page with your personal information in the browser's history file. If you are concerned about the security of your interlibrary loan requests, you can take the following steps:
  1. Access ILLiad only from your personal computer or an otherwise secure workstation.
  2. Access ILLiad from a public workstation in the library. These computers are supervised by the library staff
  3. When using a public access workstation:
    • You cannot delete from the history file those pages that contain your personal information.
    • If the web broswer asks you to save your Interlibrary Loan login information, click "not now" or "never for this site."
    • Exit the Web browser before you leave the workstation. This prevents the Back button from accessing the pages you were using.