Unfortunately, there are several reasons that you don’t want to log in to your email account on the computer of someone that you don’t actually trust. The possibility of walking away while it’s still logged in is really only just one.
I’ve been noticing this from time to time myself on various websites. I don’t think it’s browser related, since you’re running Firefox and I’m running Chrome.
I can’t specifically say what it is in your case, but I have several ides of what it might be, and I kind of sort of know what it is in mine.
How can this happen? Because security is hard.
In fact, it’s way harder than you or I can even imagine. And to be clear, I’m not trying to make excuses for AOL or any other service. I just want you to understand that security is really, really hard.
Let me review some of what I’ll call the fundamental principles that are at play in a situation like this.
No, this isn’t some conspiracy to get you to create yet another email address. Heck, the email address technically doesn’t even have to be yours; but it does have to be setup before you need it.
Ports are one of those mysterious things that actually have a very specific and very well defined meaning to computers and the internet. But for the rest of us, well they’re just so much magic.
Let’s see if I can clear some of that magic up.
That’s a really great observation and a very good question.
My take is that it really depends on a number of factors, and I’ll try to review what I think are the relevant ones. I don’t think it’s something that poses an imminent threat.