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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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11 Comments »

  1. this is very helpful.Appreciated.kip it up.

    Comment by n — July 28, 2007 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  2. this is very helpful. appreciated. kip it up.

    Comment by n — July 28, 2007 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  3. hi,

    Very well written!

    Vishal Kumar
    Asian School of cyber Laws

    Comment by Vishal Kumar — September 16, 2007 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  4. very useful information for orkut lovers.

    Comment by Arvind — December 3, 2007 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  5. hey….
    somedody is using my picture for make racism , hate and using my image without ask me before…

    what could i do??? i need some help…

    luciane

    Comment by luciane — May 31, 2008 @ 1:27 am | Reply

  6. its a site on this people make new frnds.they leave the frnds who are with them from childhood only for the frnd made from orkut.they blindlessly trust on the norkut frnds more than the frnds in real life

    Comment by Prabhjot — August 1, 2008 @ 11:20 am | Reply

  7. great info

    Comment by yal — October 31, 2008 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

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    Comment by orkutwala — January 21, 2011 @ 8:15 am | Reply

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