Privacy is being a major concern when our social life on the web is increasing rapidly. Any information about us that is displayed on the web, will be available to anyone, if it not properly secured. And this information can be handled by malicious users and it could work against us. [Read more…]
- Change your passwords regularly, at least twice in a year.
- Never share your password with anyone. If you have shared your password with anyone, then change your password at the earliest.
- Make sure that your password is a combination of numbers, characters (both capital letter/uppercase and lowercase/small letters) and special characters increase the strength of your password.
I want to be more secure
- It is always better to use a different password for each of your online accounts. Use different password management utilities like the PasswordSafe to store your password( Refer to our previous article on password managers ).
- Remember to uncheck/deselect the ‘remember me’ option when you are using a public or shared computer to access your online account
- Use private browsing while dealing with sensitive accounts (Refer to our article on private browsing.)
- Try using addon’s like WOT to get alerts in case your are reaching a bad site. This addon shows you which websites you can trust for safe surfing, shopping and searching on the web.
Watch out for hidden threats
- Never click on suspicious links
There are a huge number of spam messages floating around in the internet. These messages would have attractive text which is purposely put to attract you to click on the links/pictures. It is possible that these messages could be from your friends email/online account in case their online accounts are hacked.
- Beware of Phishing Sites
Phishing is an online attempt to trick the user for getting his/her account credentials by presenting a webpage to the user and making him believe that it is the original website. Visibly the fraud website would look exactly like the original site. The URL from a fraudster could look similar to the original one (e.g. https://mail.google.com.abcd.com/, here the actual domain is abcd.com, which is used by the fraudster).
So next time don’t think that https:// before a url alone would protect you. Always make sure of the website address in the address bar of your browser before entering your user name and password. The domain name of the website (e.g. google.com) you are trying to view should always be before the last “.com” (or “.net” or “.co.in”, or whatever top level domain they use).
Follow these tips and keep your online identity secure. Read more about taking back your lost online account in our upcoming post.
With all the privacy issues that Google Buzz had faced initially, it is once again trying to revamp the privacy concerns, giving the users the control over the privacy. Initially the Google Buzz users were automatically following the people whom they used to email and chat with most frequently. But now Buzz suggests people whom they could follow. [Read more…]
Google has lauched a new feature in Gmail which provides information about the last activity on a mail account. It is visible at the bottom of the Gmail page. Click on the Details Link and a pop up appears which lists the details of the last account activities in Gmail. It helps us to be aware of any suspicious activities that have taken place, which might indicate that our accounts have been compromised. The feature lists the Access Type, the Location (IP address) and the date and time of the access. If our account is being accessed from some other location, it will also be listed and we can choose to Sign Out of all the other sessions.
Google Buzz was sudden wave trying to go beyond all the other social networks. Inspite of the privacy issues it had on launch, Buzz is trying to bring the best in other social networks. We can share photos, messages and may be later on using Google Maps, it could even be the next Location based social network. In short it is a one-stop for all things social!
Here are 7 things that you need to know about Buzz : [Read more…]
There is a phishing attempt on Twitter which is spreading via Direct Messages. It tries to get your usernames and passwords using a Direct Message saying “You’re on Here?” or “someone posted on their blog about you” and these messages are followed by a link. Once you click on the links, it might direct you to another page, which may ask you for your login credentials. If you enter your credentials, your account may be compromised.
Do not click on such links or Enter your login credentials.
Twitter had recently created http://twt.tl as a URL Shortener to protect users from malicious sites. So if the link appears to be a potentially harmful one as per twitter, it can be re-routed to a warning page. Even though twitter does it, it is better to be careful NOT to click on suspicious links and save your accounts from being compromised!
McAfee has released a consumer threat alert, saying that scammers have been sending emails to the Facebook users saying that the Facebook Password has been reset and the users need to click on an attachment to retrieve it. The attachment is a password stealer says McAfee, which installs when the user clicks on it. Password stealers can access usernames and passwords that are used on that computer, be it for any account (gmail, msn, yahoo or even bank accounts).
The subject line of the mail is “Facebook Password Reset Confirmation! Customer Support.”.
The best thing to do is to delete such a mail when it arrives. Facebook would never reset your password, unless you request for it. Don’t be a victim and let others not be!
A number of applications like “Who is checking my profile”, “Who is viewing my photos” have come up on Facebook these days. They claim to show users who has been viewing your profile/ photo. They are the so-called stalker apps. A large number of users have started to use these applications. Facebook says “Don’t believe any applications that claim they can show you who’s viewing your profile or photo, they can’t. We’re aggressively disabling those that claim they can.You can help stop them by learning to report these apps”.
Have you been a victim to such applications? What can be done? Let us know what you think about it.
With the social networking sites being so popular, privacy is at stake if you don’t give proper attention. Here are a few things that could be done to make Facebook more secure.
Know who your friend is
Its always better to know who are there in your friends list. When you get friend requests, be careful not to approve any request, make sure it is from your friend and then approve it. You can group your friends into various lists like they have on orkut. Acquaintances, Friends, Family and Foe 😉 Once you group your friends its easier to decide which group has to view your posts, photos and the lot.
Photos – Everybody loves watching them
You can decide which group of friends should see your photos. You can decide that the photos of some family event need to be seen only by your family members, the photos of your friend’s party can be seen only by your friends group and so on… For this you need to access the Privacy setting. In the main Facebook page, there is a menu “Account”. Click on that and we can see “Privacy Settings”. [Read more…]