There was another thread on here and someone mentioned accessing their email on a hotel or internet cafe computer to print a boarding pass, which is not a good idea. I wanted to share a system I have been using for documents that are not super sensitive that I need to access from public computers, often to print. Things like:
- Boarding passes
- Rental car vouchers
- Copies of passport
This method assumes you travel with a laptop or smart phone. I use Google Drive for this, but all the major services work the same way - DropBox, OneDrive etc.
The process is:
- Using your phone or computer, create a folder in your shared drive, usually I call it public
- Find the option "create a shareable link" or similar. Copy the link. Usually it is some insanely long link
- Copy the link into a URL shortening program, like bit.ly or goo.gl
- Presto. Now you have a short link like https://goo.gl/dW123
You can write that link down now and use it on a public computer and it will give you access to whatever you put in that folder. But you don't have to enter your email password or anything. This probably sounds complicated but once you set it up it is super simple, works for whatever you put in the folder, and you can download from your phone or computer documents into the folder very easily.