How to protect your ORKUT account from being Hacked....?

"Orkut" is  the social networking site powered by  Google.Most of the attackers nowadays use orkut  for advertising there work and product through the victim's account.I have come across few incidents where accounts are being  hacked then some pornographic content and vulgar language are displayed this can surely cause nightmare to the user,if  the user is using  the primary email account for logging  into orkut then he/she is in double trouble.Actually hacking orkut does not need  any elite skills but the attackers mainly exploit the  human awareness and intelligence(Social engineering) in doing so.

Today in my post i am going to discuss how to protect the orkut account from being hacked.

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1.Always look out for  Https(Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) instead of Http(Hypertext Transfer Protocol) in the url bar before loggin in and if you are using Mozilla Firefox  or IE  look out for a "Lock" sign  in the bottom right corner as orkut uses SSL(Secure Sockets Layer)  certificates in encrypting data as shown in the image below.

2.Fake login pages(Phishing) can be a trap for you as they look exactly like the original  login page.
For example: http://orkut420.t35.com/Orkut.htm  if the attacker is more creative then  he/she can manipulate the url and make it look in a way that can create illusion For example:Orkkut.com,Okrut.com,Orrkut.com,Orcut.com etc.  lol , so i will suggest  you to always type in the url before logging in.If  you find a phishing site then add it to Phish Tank.To know how this attack is carried out visit here.Below i have shown the image of a fake login page that i have made.

3.Always stay away from clicking on suspicious Community links beacause they can be Malware or Cookie grabbers.The attacker sometimes uses words and phrases that lure users and attract them to click on it, in that way they give away there password after being redirected to a fake login page.

4.Keylogging is also a major factor in hacking into orkut  account.In one of my post i have described about  keyloggers.By using this tool the attacker can  keep a track of the keystrokes of the user.You can prevent this by  using key strokes encryption  software like Key Scrambler or Zemana.I would recommend Zemana.Key scrambler also available as a addon to IE and Firefox.

5.Stay away from Java Scripts that promise to give some amazing outcome upon pasting it to  url bar.and hitting enter.Never ever do that ,it is a trap used few years back but i feel people are aware of it now.

6.Never ever use your primary email account with Orkut because if your account is hacked at the same time you will  also lose your email account also.So,i will suggest to use another secondary email account for your Orkut sign-up.It could be the other way round that is the attacker can hack your email account then he/she can hack into your Orkut account,learn  "Common email hacking methods and Countermeasures".
 
7.Never get carried away by the false promises or advertisements sent to you for example free easy recharge of mobile phones.Never click on these types of links

8.Never ever enable the "Remember me" option while login to your account.Because by doing that the password get stored in the browser and can be retrieved by Password stealers or RATS or Backdoors or Trojans.

9.Stay away from using  Glittering , Picture scrap scripts and Themes of Orkut profile showing different film stars available in different  unofficial sites because some  hidden malware  or malicious script may be there.Using it may result in grabbing your password and in that way you may lose your password.As shown in the image below.

10.Always logout from your account after you have finished your work if you are in a public computer like in college or office,it is very important because  if you do not  do that some person logging in after you may do mischievous work with your account.

Note: Always use a good updated Anti-Virus,Recent version browser,Safe browsing tools like:WOT or Mcafee siteadvisor and a Anti-Keylogger like Key Scrambler or Zemana

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comment 11 comments:

Shabnam Sultan on July 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM said...

Hey thanks for these tips :) privacy is of great matter in social networking sites.

I don't use orkut much.

Anonymous said...

thnks dost...4 ur useful suggestions ...

Bibhu on July 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM said...

thnx friend...ur tips and tricks are really very helpful for us to protect our orkut..many many thanx...

Satyajit Das(Admins) on July 17, 2010 at 2:17 AM said...

@Shabnam ya i completely agree with you,privacy in very important in social networking...we can secure it by becoming a bit vigilant.... :)

@Bibhu hey thnks for ur encouraging words.... :)
keep visiting.. :)

ashwin on July 17, 2010 at 11:17 AM said...

great post buddy!. this is the hot and happening on orkut, orkut users are at big risk these days. especially javascripts, people are getting affected by these unknowingly. every orkut user must read these tips and also google must find some way to deal with these scammers. i wil promote this on orkut..

Satyajit Das(Admins) on July 18, 2010 at 12:50 AM said...

@Ashwin its really true wht u said, my post is just an effort to make the users aware about it.... :)

Thanks for visiting... :)

Pubudu @ TechHamlet on July 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM said...

Nice work mate! Now i think i have to do more to protect my Orkut profile :D

Satyajit Das(Admins) on July 20, 2010 at 12:27 AM said...

@Pubudu welcome to Compufreaks...:)
I hope this will help you.....

techgopal on July 21, 2010 at 11:26 AM said...

nice info....
some day ago my one frd's acc get hacked finally he had to close his acc...

Satyajit Das(Admins) on July 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM said...

@Gopal a little bit of care and every thing will go fine...

sonu varghese on October 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM said...

usefull tips

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