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Wireless security tips

Wi-Fi! Such an easy Internet device and even easier to hack if unaware.

The moment we install a Wi-Fi device in our home, we are excited to go to the internet and we leave back the loopholes open and completely vulnerable, don’t we? Next thing, we complain about loosing our data. No more!

Keep yourself aware of Wireless Security issues and keep patience!

 

 

Over-sharing on FB or Twitter can lead to Job or Money loss

Ever regretted on your habit of over-sharing on Facebook and twitter.  Over-sharing on Facebook has become a common phenomenon these days, call it  obsessiveness or excessiveness at times it can certainly land you in awkward and serious repercussions.

 

Tips for choosing security question and answer

Lack of security can possibly end up in Identity fraudulent, defamatory and derogatory statements. Security questions are one of the questions asked by many websites before delivering or serving any important or confidential information. First of all choose tough and uncommon security questions. Secondly, try to keep your security question’s answer as illogical as possible which is hard to figure out.

 

Don’t be careless on social networking sites

Today around 70% of Indian web population is on social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter. Most of them belong to teenagers and youth. Netizens are spending atleast 1 hour daily and many of them getting addicted by social networking sites. Farmville, Mafia Wars Game, uploading photos, useless quizzes are just few of time killers. Some people are benefiting and some are wasting their time.

Over-sharing on FB or Twitter can lead to Job or Money loss

Uncategorized September 18, 2017

Ever regretted on your habit of over-sharing on Facebook and twitter.  Over-sharing on Facebook has become a common phenomenon these days, call it  obsessiveness or excessiveness at times it can certainly land you in awkward and serious repercussions. Apart from your password and  credit card details there are few recommended things which you shouldn’t share on social networking  websites which are  mentioned below :

  • Financial matters or crisis : These days HR, spy, insurance companies are keeping close track with your social networking account to get as much information about you so eventually if not done with emotional maturity over-sharing can  end up in messy and unwanted repercussions.
  • Confessionals : Keep your confessions limited to the church only as online confessionals can land you in some major problems and repetitive interrogations like disclosing your annual CTC, tax returns, family disputes and affairs.
  • Mother’s maiden name : You should not reveal your mother’s maiden name specially if you are a debit or credit card holder as it is one of  the answer’s to the security question when trying to leak or hack your banking and similar accounting details.
  • Phone Number : Revealing your phone number might lead to uncalled moments from your exes, stalkers and other disturbing elements as when you intentionally add your personal phone number to the profile information it become public and visible equivalent to inviting disastrous  possibilities.
  • Never talk about your vacation plans : You should not disclose your vacation plans unless  you want to see your house interior change due to theftry as thieves and burglars keep tracking about your holiday plans and short trips to execute the robbery in a high-tech way.
  • Company integrity : Never talk about the confidential matter related to your job and other staff members unless you don’t want your boss to terminate you on revealing official matters online and posting derogatory statements about your company, boss and other staff members can definitely cost on your job. Recently a juror in the UK was dismissed after she disclosed a sensitive case information on her Facebook profile and many alike. cases are mention on net where Facebook has got people fired because of their lacking psychological maturity
  • Home Address : Never post your Home Address and its layout,posting  pictures and videos of your home and  surroundings can lead to robbery and other criminal cases.
  • Your Full Date of Birth :  On your birthday you want your wall full with birthday greeting, wishes and messages simultaneously it also doubles the chances to get your account hacked easily as your DOB is one of the most common default security question. Therefore it is advisable not to share your full date of birth on social networking websites.

As there is a saying excess of anything is bad. So stay connected without over-sharing it.

Tips for choosing security question and answer

Uncategorized September 18, 2017

Lack of security can possibly end up in Identity fraudulent, defamatory and derogatory statements. Security questions are one of the questions asked by many websites before delivering or serving any important or confidential information. First of all choose tough and uncommon security questions. Secondly, try to keep your security question’s answer as illogical as possible which is hard to figure out. Like if you have chosen your security question say for example – “What’s your birth  of place?”, your answer shouldn’t be your actual place of birth (moreover, it should not be any place name) else it should be as illogical to think and not at all connected with the question.

Here are few examples of security questions and their illogical answer * :

Q : What was your childhood nickname?

A : Helicopter

Q : What’s your place of birth?

A : NASA Lab

Q : Who is your favorite actor?

A : Road-Side Beggars

Questions asked by many website are public facts about a person like place of birth, favorite food etc. They are simple to guess for hackers or other identity thieves. Sometimes user creates illogical  answers to the questions, and then forgets the answer. So, keep in mind, if you are changing your real answer to illogical ones, try to keep remember also.

* Note : Please do not chose above mentioned answer as answer of your security question, because this is a public article.

Don’t be careless on social networking sites

Uncategorized September 18, 2017

Today around 70% of Indian web population is on social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter. Most of them belong to teenagers and youth. Netizens are spending atleast 1 hour daily and many of them getting addicted by social networking sites. Farmville, Mafia Wars Game, uploading photos, useless quizzes are just few of time killers. Some people are benefiting and some are wasting their time. Everyday you spend hours on social networking sites knowing the benefit of it but without knowing the dark side of it.

Criminals will target you – if they can. ‘Where are you now’? – This simple question can be used to target you. Many of Facebook or Twitter users update each and every move they make like where they will be partying tonight or shopping. The average Cyber criminals are educated, intelligent and almost untraceable.

Despite being in the top five on the list of nations with the largest number of computer and internet users, we do a little to secure computers against threats like identity theft, virus/worm attacks, boot attacks, phishing etc. Perpetrators use the anonymity, speed, access of the net to their advantage. Only recently the government is trying to create some awareness.

Young people get hooked to social networking sites easily. They are first to join communities created by users. Many are about games, movies, religious, violence, sex, etc. This could lead to online harassment or even cyber crime. In developing countries such things largely go unreported. There is a lack of awareness amongst the police, citizens and other officials. What can be done is to train them all about the pitfalls, how to save themselves, what to do when confronted with an unpleasant situation, how to react, where to complain etc. Teaching cyber etiquette can start at the school itself. This will help in creating young adult more careful and vigilant.

According to Varun Chauhan, a software engineer fromDelhi, “The social networking has evolved beyond the online network of friends. It’s like your own internet space where you can be yourself, express your thoughts, extend your network to both known and unknown people, share your interests, increase knowledge, and much more.”

View of Shishir P. Raven, a social media analyst, is slightly different. According to his view “Physical Activity Index tends to move towards zero. Yes social networking sites are addictive and every addiction kills time and money. Often I think that instead of surfing social networking sites I could (or should) have been swimming, playing football or involved in some other physical activity to maintain my health and meet real friends whom I can get know to much better compared to online friends.

Facebook, Twitter, Orkut are hunting ground of cyber stalkers, squatters, hackers, bullies etc. Oh yeah it still is a cool place to hang around – just be safe. Take care of certain things:

  • Always use a screen name instead of your real name. Use a strong password and don’t share it.
  • Never give out your address, telephone number, hangout spots or links to other websites or pages where this information is available.
  • Be careful about sending pictures to people you do not know very well.
  • Never tell people personal or private information about your friends or family.
  • Never assume you’re completely anonymous online. Even if you don’t put personal information online, there are different ways that people can still figure out who you are and where you live.
  • Don’t download crap – you might let in a Trojan that steals passwords or worst uses YOUR computer for hacking or cyber terror attacks.
  • Don’t share any banking information ever.

Some social media specific safeguards :

  • Get to your favorite social media sites by typing in the exact address into your browser. Never go in through an email link or via another website to reach it because it could be a trap to get your account name and password.
  • When visiting a site, and logging in, look for the padlock icon. This is an indication that the site is authenticated and encrypted
  • Take time to learn how cyber criminals work. The most common methods are through email (phishing and spam), malware, adware, and spyware.
  • Don’t mistake the user-friendliness of social networking sites for safety. This user-friendliness increases the ways that people can find out more about you.
  • Know how your chosen social media sites protect your privacy.
  • Don’t accept just anyone as part of your friend’s list.
  • Last but not the least, don’t put your life on Social Networking sites.

The net is not a bad place, but there are certain rules, as, say when you go out in your city. Follow the rules and enjoy. Shame and ambiguity won’t save you – the right information will.

Stay safe…Stay connected !!

Wireless security tips

Uncategorized January 18, 2017

Wi-Fi! Such an easy Internet device and even easier to hack if unaware.

The moment we install a Wi-Fi device in our home, we are excited to go to the internet and we leave back the loopholes open and completely vulnerable, don’t we? Next thing, we complain about loosing our data. No more!

Keep yourself aware of Wireless Security issues and keep patience!

 

THE DUMBEST MISTAKE

How many of us do it? Many! The wireless devices come pre-set with default passwords and are same for all. How hard do you think it type ‘<Wi-Fi Device Name> Default Password’ in google and retrieve passwords list.

This is a peace of a cake for hacker, so change your setting immediately.

 

SET UP WPA2 ENCRYPTION

What these, huh? Wi-Fi devices use encryption to transfer messages over wireless networks, encrypted to safeguard. However, simple encryption can be easily cracked. As avoid using any other encryption except for WPA2, which introduces AES encryption over WPA for better security.

Today, most of the Wi-Fi devices come equipped with WPA2 encryption. Use it and keeps the hackers busy!

 

THE FOOLISH MISTAKE

Keep strong password else it is only a matter of time and attacker’s device speed to crack Wi-Fi password. Simple password is simple to crack. Hacker’s call it dictionary attack or brute force. However, having a long and complex password makes it difficult for an attacker to crack into your Wi-Fi. Thus, keep a good mixture of long and strong password of letters, number and special symbols. Keep it tight!

 

CONFIGURE DEFAULT SSID

You can call it manufacturing defect that all devices come with a same SSID. You must have noticed Wi-Fi devices with names like ‘Linksys’, right? However, it’s not vulnerable, but that’s definitely a sign of poor configuration.

 

FILTER MAC ADDRESS

Did you know you every internet device comes with a MAC Address or Physical Address? You did! You must also know that you can configure all allowed MAC Addresses. This does not guarantee safety as hackers can fake MAC Address, but it is one way to keep hackers busy.

 

SET UP A GUEST NETWORK

You often find a friend visiting you, and you share your password, don’t you? How about you set up a separate network with second SSID for guests. Such that, you can configure a password for that account without affecting the primary network, and may also disable when not required.

 

TURN OFF YOUR DHCP

Dynamic IP Address makes it easier for attackers to hacking into DHCP pool. Turn off DHCP on Router and set up a fixed set of IP Range and link each IP with specific devices. Better off, use private IP’s.

 

MAKE HACKER’S JOB TOUGHER

Disable accessing your Wi-Fi device wirelessly. Thereby, making it obvious for hackers to configure Wi-Fi only though wired network, i.e., one can only configure connecting laptop and Wi-Fi device with wired LAN. Completely worth it!

 

This does not keep you far from attackers. No! But, these added protection keeps you away from pesters. If you cope up with all above, then you will definitely give a good fight to a hacker. Let them know that they have a good competition!