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November 19, 2006

Safeguard your mobile – Disabling stolen mobile phone Tip

Filed under: Awareness,General,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 1:12 pm

You lost your mobile, you know somebody has it and can misuse it so what can you do now?

If you have the anti-theft software installed (high end mobiles only) you can trace it with the help of Police, but not always if the thief is really smart, moreover you can’t protect the low-end mobiles which doesn’t support installation, so what’s the best, simplest and easiest way to save your lost mobile from misuse? Here’s a good advice:

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone? 

To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone:
*#06# 

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safeDo it right away!

Should your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. 

You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either.  And don’t forget to file a complaint with police about your stolen mobile.

If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. 

Please spread this useful information around. 

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November 14, 2006

Help a Child in Need

Filed under: Awareness,General,Help — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 1:18 pm

Puja or pooja, the kidnapped child, who was letter rescued and sent to Orphanage, is finding her lost parents Wish you a very happy Children’s day! On this children’s day, lets help a child, Pooja (girl in the picture) by helping her find her parents with the power of Internet.
An email with her sad story is making rounds these days and on some googling it was found that everything from the mail is correct.

 The story goes like this: Eight months ago a four year old Pooja was kidnapped by a begger to beg for him and got noticed by Kerala Police on Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station on April 13, who then jailed him and sent Pooja to Orphanage, Nirmala Sisu Bhavan in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. On interrogation, Police found that the begger was deaf & dumb and let him off as they didn’t get much information about the girl and her parents or place from where he had kidnapped her.
About Pooja: Pooja’s primary language is Hindi (Bihari accent) and as per Pooja, her mother’s name is Munni Devi and Father’s name is Raju. Pooja says she has a younger brother and an elder sister. She says her place is Nagaluppe, but no one has heard about this place.
More information about Pooja,her photographs and this incident is available on www.helppoojafindherparents.org, a website launched by a good human being to support this e-mail campaign.

According to a news dated November 13, 2006 on News website, Newindpress – IT hasn’t yet helped Pooja find her parents, the orphanage is getting large number of calls and almost all callers claim to be her parents or want to adopt the child. But these frequent calls have now become a nuisance for the orphanage authorities and they even fear to send Pooja to school. After 8 months there is still no success so authorities have only two choices Adoption or send Pooja for post-care and the CJM is expected to take a decision by end of this month.

We can help her by spreading the news and hope to find her parents one day and not by becoming a trouble for her and nuisance for the Orphanage as mentioned in above news.

November 8, 2006

Safe @ Orkut – Do’s & Don’ts

Filed under: Awareness,Safety and Security — Dinesh Gajbhiye @ 11:09 am

The problem with highly popular community portals is that they become the first target for spammers, hackers, information thieves, spambots, trolls and just-for-fun type Orkutfreaks. Orkut is being highly misused and the number of fake profiles, cloning of profiles, information theft is on rise (the last post on this blog shall give you good idea of such misuse), read more on how orkut is being misused on wikipedia  

Let’s look at what orkut offers, what it does not and how to save our info from getting misused.

What Orkut offers:

  • Profile with personal info
    • Available to public, some info can be kept private
  • Photo on the profile
    • Available to public
  • Album, where you can post photos
    • Available to public
  • Scrapbook: sraps/Notes, your friends write for you
    • Available to public
  • Testimonials: Testimonials from friends
    • Read only for public, Friends on list can only write
  • Friends: Your friend list on orkut
    • Available to public
  • Communities: Online communities you join or create
    • Available to public

What Orkut does not Offer:

  • Security to your personal profile from anonymous visits
  • Security to your scrapbook from anonymous writes
  • Security to your photographs from anonymous viewing and downloading
  • Security to your friends lists and joined communities from anonymous access

This means your personal data is at risk and can be misused. Phone numbers can be used for cold calls, email accounts can be spammed, photos can be misused, personal data can be used to create other accounts and so on…

Although orkut can be fun, it could a place for spammers/hackers/anonymous people to grab your personal details and use against you,  you just need to be little careful to avoid your personal data from getting misused.

Tips/Advice for preventing your personal info from misuse on Orkut  (safe orkutting)

  1. Don’t write your personal contact numbers anywhere on Orkut
  2. You might wish to give your personal contact details (phone number, email address etc) to someone but avoid posting it in scrapbook as it’s public. You can send it using the “write message” which is private to a user.
  3. Avoid uploading your personal photographs in album
  4. Validate person’s identity before you add him/her as your friend
  5. Make sure the testimonial written for you comes from genuine person and the text is ok before you approve it.
  6. Although keeping the scrapbook clean is a good habit, but people like to keep the scraps but make sure you delete scraps that contains info you don’t like others to read, contain your personal information, contain friends personal information etc
  7. As cloning and fake profiles are on rise, make sure the profile is genuine before you add him/her as your friend.
  8. Some companies may have policies that restricts employees from posting company name anywhere on the web, obey them.
  9. Don’t just join any community, make sure it’s authentic and you really need it.
  10. Last but very important, Don’t run behind the numbers, you are not contesting on orkut, are you? nobody cares for how many friends are there on your list or how many scraps you have or how many communities you have joined. Remember more the number more unsafe you are on the orkut.

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