Visiting Internet Cafes Abroad – A Few Helpful Tips
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Published by TOP4 Team
Internet cafes will vary from one country to another. On one end of the spectrum, you will find Internet cafes that actually serve food and drinks to customers, apart from renting computers. And in the middle, there are Internet cafes which simply rent out computers. On the lower end of the spectrum, you can also find the proverbial hole-in-the-wall shops with the most basic of setups.
The rates charged by these shops will also vary and some will have minimum time requirements. Ditto with the speed of the Internet connection.
In recent years, Internet shops have proliferated and you will are not likely to have a difficult time finding one, except in remote areas, in the country you are visiting. If you are unsure whether there will be shops that you can visit once you arrive at your destination, you can check online to identify areas with Internet cafes.
But apart from Internet cafes, you also have other options like computer stations in airports, copy centres, printing shops and libraries.
While packing up your bags, it is a good idea to remember or even jot down your user names and passwords for the different accounts that you may want to check out in an Internet cafe.
If your user name or password has some special characters, it is a good idea to change these to include only letters and numbers before going on your trip. Take note that the keyboards in some countries may not contain the special characters that you will typically find in your home country.
Be mindful of the time. Some Internet cafes automatically shut off the computer when you have reached the time limit.
Be cautious when using public computers. There is a high probability that your sensitive
information can be stolen and used against you. As much as possible, obscure your monitor from other Internet cafe users and other people milling about.
As much as possible, avoid doing online banking and similar transactions in an Internet cafe. If this is unavoidable, be sure to log out completely and delete your browsing history.
But apart from your online safety, you also have to be mindful of your stuff. If you are carrying with you a bag or purse, make sure that you secure these properly, or better yet, leave them behind in your hotel room if you won’t be needing them.
Finally, be aware that because of the sheer volume of customers that use computers in an Internet cafe, the keyboards used there aren't exactly the cleanest. After browsing, it is a prudent idea to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser.