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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How safe are you #10 [Topic - Similar Stories]



Here are a few links of similar stories about data leaks and cyber attacks from around the world. The entire purpose of this string of articles has been to awaken your Internet safety skills and to use them for your as well as the safety of others that you care about.

Check em out:-

Facebook investigates data leak from 1 million accounts

Facebook leaked user data to advertisers

Facebook tries cloaking probe into data leak involving 1 million accounts

Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider

Could hackers hijack the Space Station?

NASA says it was attacked 13 times last year

Pentagon Admits 24,000 Files Were Hacked, Declares Cyberspace A Theater Of War

China Hacked The Pentagon To Get Weapons Programs Data

Pentagon Cyber Attack Forces 1,500 PCs Off Line

60 Days of Hacker Assaults

CBI website hacked by 'Pak Cyber Army'

5 Worst Cases of Identity Theft Ever

The 8 Creepiest Cases of Identity Theft of All Time

10 Bizarre Cases of Identity Theft

Largest Identity Theft Case In U.S. History

The Biggest Identity Theft Case in U.S. History

Four Famous Identity Theft Cases

Don't let ID thieves hijack your job hunt

Think ID theft can't happen to you?

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How safe are you #9 [Topic - Passwords]




The 25 most common Passwords of 2012

The Top 10 most common logins

The 25 most popular and worst passwords of 2011

Statistics from 10,000 leaked Hotmail passwords

Most common passwords list from 3 databases

Top 250 passwords

The top 50 passwords you should never use

The 32 most popular passwords


How to create a strong password

How to choose strong passwords

Creating the best computer password


There are some interesting passwords on this list that show how people try to be clever, but even human cleverness is predictable. For example, look at these passwords that I found interesting:

ncc1701 The ship number for the Starship Enterprise
thx1138 The name of George Lucas’s first movie, a 1971 remake of an earlier student project
qazwsx Follows a simple pattern when typed on a typical keyboard
666666 Six sixes
7777777 Seven sevens
ou812 The title of a 1988 Van Halen album
8675309 The number mentioned in the 1982 Tommy Tutone song. The song supposedly caused an epidemic of people dialing 867- 5309 and asking for “Jenny”
Also there are those who use:-
1. Date of Birth
2. Name of a relative
3. Their Security no./Pan card no.
4. Telephone/Mobile no.
5. Their location
6. Name of the pet
7. Own name

Approximately one out of every nine people uses at least one password on the list! And one out of every 50 people uses one of the top 20 worst passwords.

Lists the top 500 worst passwords of all time, not considering character case.
Note: There are some adult words in the list!

NO Top 1-100 Top 101–200 Top 201–300 Top 301–400 Top 401–500
1 123456 porsche firebird prince rosebud
2 password guitar butter beach jaguar
3 12345678 chelsea united amateur great
4 1234 black turtle 7777777 cool
5 pussy diamond steelers muffin cooper
6 12345 nascar tiffany redsox 1313
7 dragon jackson zxcvbn star scorpio
8 qwerty cameron tomcat testing mountain
9 696969 654321 golf shannon madison
10 mustang computer bond007 murphy 987654
11 letmein amanda bear frank brazil
12 baseball wizard tiger hannah lauren
13 master xxxxxxxx doctor dave japan
14 michael money gateway eagle1 naked
15 football phoenix gators 11111 squirt
16 shadow mickey angel mother stars
17 monkey bailey junior nathan apple
18 abc123 knight thx1138 raiders alexis
19 pass iceman porno steve aaaa
20 fuckme tigers badboy forever bonnie
21 6969 purple debbie angela peaches
22 jordan andrea spider viper jasmine
23 harley horny melissa ou812 kevin
24 ranger dakota booger jake matt
25 iwantu aaaaaa 1212 lovers qwertyui
26 jennifer player flyers suckit danielle
27 hunter sunshine fish gregory beaver
28 fuck morgan porn buddy 4321
29 2000 starwars matrix whatever 4128
30 test boomer teens young runner
31 batman cowboys scooby nicholas swimming
32 trustno1 edward jason lucky dolphin
33 thomas charles walter helpme gordon
34 tigger girls cumshot jackie casper
35 robert booboo boston monica stupid
36 access coffee braves midnight shit
37 love xxxxxx yankee college saturn
38 buster bulldog lover baby gemini
39 1234567 ncc1701 barney cunt apples
40 soccer rabbit victor brian august
41 hockey peanut tucker mark 3333
42 killer john princess startrek canada
43 george johnny mercedes sierra blazer
44 sexy gandalf 5150 leather cumming
45 andrew spanky doggie 232323 hunting
46 charlie winter zzzzzz 4444 kitty
47 superman brandy gunner beavis rainbow
48 asshole compaq horney bigcock 112233
49 fuckyou carlos bubba happy arthur
50 dallas tennis 2112 sophie cream
51 jessica james fred ladies calvin
52 panties mike johnson naughty shaved
53 pepper brandon xxxxx giants surfer
54 1111 fender tits booty samson
55 austin anthony member blonde kelly
56 william blowme boobs fucked paul
57 daniel ferrari donald golden mine
58 golfer cookie bigdaddy 0 king
59 summer chicken bronco fire racing
60 heather maverick penis sandra 5555
61 hammer chicago voyager pookie eagle
62 yankees joseph rangers packers hentai
63 joshua diablo birdie einstein newyork
64 maggie sexsex trouble dolphins little
65 biteme hardcore white 0 redwings
66 enter 666666 topgun chevy smith
67 ashley willie bigtits winston sticky
68 thunder welcome bitches warrior cocacola
69 cowboy chris green sammy animal
70 silver panther super slut broncos
71 richard yamaha qazwsx 8675309 private
72 fucker justin magic zxcvbnm skippy
73 orange banana lakers nipples marvin
74 merlin driver rachel power blondes
75 michelle marine slayer victoria enjoy
76 corvette angels scott asdfgh girl
77 bigdog fishing 2222 vagina apollo
78 cheese david asdf toyota parker
79 matthew maddog video travis qwert
80 121212 hooters london hotdog time
81 patrick wilson 7777 paris sydney
82 martin butthead marlboro rock women
83 freedom dennis srinivas xxxx voodoo
84 ginger fucking internet extreme magnum
85 blowjob captain action redskins juice
86 nicole bigdick carter erotic abgrtyu
87 sparky chester jasper dirty 777777
88 yellow smokey monster ford dreams
89 camaro xavier teresa freddy maxwell
90 secret steven jeremy arsenal music
91 dick viking 11111111 access14 rush2112
92 falcon snoopy bill wolf russia
93 taylor blue crystal nipple scorpion
94 111111 eagles peter iloveyou rebecca
95 131313 winner pussies alex tester
96 123123 samantha cock florida mistress
97 bitch house beer eric phantom
98 hello miller rocket legend billy
99 scooter flower theman movie 6666
100 please jack oliver success albert

If you want a really secure password, choose one that is at least 10 digits in length, has a mix of numbers and letters, and includes at least one special character (ie %?_*&!). Something like P481&Lost%

How to know if an email is real


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Monday, May 13, 2013

How safe are you #8



Passwords - The best defense for protecting yourself.

There are many passwords for each and everyone of your account that has to be present at any given time.

An error from your end and the entire account gets blocked! It has probably happened to many of you. The whole point of going through all of this is to explain the delicate nature of your life, your dependancy on modern age tools, to trust them blindedly with your entire life story and your life's earnings.
People have many online accounts like email, socail sites, chatrooms, music sites, forums, etc.

Basically nowadays most websites ask you to be a member in return for their services leading to more uernames and passwords. So, it is only obvious that you have the same passwords or similar ones as they are easy to remember or to recollect. Many use the most common ones that are esy to crack in a few attempts. Don't be a fool.

Keep the best password that you think no one can crack except you!

Check out some useful links HERE

I know what you are probably thinking - How will a password save me?
Hey! Atleast you are not handing stuff over easily!

If some hacker someplace steals your data from some website, it is the webstes' fault and not yours. But the least you can do is control the leak of information on your part. Be careful and be aware. No matter what those websites tell you - your profile is incomplete, mention your friends, or ANY SUCH THING - know when to stop. Keep your information brief and upto the point.

It won't be any good delelting your account or your profile - that won't get you anyplace. Afterall the internet has become an essential part of your life, it has made life stress free and easier, so the least you can do is not be very generous.


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How safe are you #7


Imagine, you meet a person for the first time in your life, but this person knows very personal things about you. Your best friend’s name, your tattoos, your love live, your bank account number and yes, even your account balance.

Scary, huh? Must be a magician you may think.
Think twice! Any information you and your friends share about you online can possibly be accessed by others. Worst case, people will be able to get to know your whole life if you’re over-sharing.

This issue is displayed in the clever video “Amazing mind reader reveals his ‘gift’”, published by the Belgium website The video has been created to draw attention to the risks of personal information shared online:

Dutch ‘psychic’ Dave gives free mind readings to several random people in Brussels, Belgium. The people are shocked to find out that Dave is extremely accurate and scared when he shares their banking information. After enough mind reading Dave reveals his secret to his magic.

Always keep in mind: Only publish information online you’re comfortable with for other people and companies to know. If you’re on Facebook, remember that you’re not only sharing information with your friends, but also with the apps you use and depending on your privacy settings, the information may also be available for further people and businesses. Your personal data can be very sensitive, make sure you are in control.


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How safe are you #6



How would feel it would be if someone stole your life, your identity, wiped your existence from the face of this planet?

What if instead your life was given to someone else and there is enough proof that that person is the real you? And that you were the duplicate?

Well, it does sound intriguing and I couldn't agree less with you that it all sounds like a movie. 
As weird as it may sound it is still the truth. I am talking about 'Identity Theft'

'Identity theft' is a common phenomena occuring in the world nowadays. You must have surely heard how some people that they are someone but there is absolutely no proof to show that. They say someone else is living their life, that no one believes them, that they don't exist in this world anymore - they are just nobodies!
Things like this have happened in the past.

Today, with the amount of data available online, I don't think how it could not be possible!

As I had earlier mentioned in my post named as - How safe are you?
All of your information, your entire life is easily available on the internet - right from the open to the personal information, photos, videos, everything!

You may ask: 'Why would someone do this?'
This would be as silly as asking 'Why do people steal?', 'Why do we need money?' or even 'Why did the chicken cross the road?' Isn't it obvious, the main reason is money! [And in the Chickens case - to get to the other side]

If you steal someones identity, what was theirs till yesterday, is now yours! It's really that simple! Then, you could pose as the guy and easily swipe off that guys entire (hardly earned) savings - now that would be very harsh!

Well, it definitely does, but the fact remains that this cannot be denied. You are in a world where data travels even before the blink of an eye.

Have you never wondered how you are talking to your friend on the other side of the planet - that you did not receive his/her email on the phone or via skype and from there a mail is typed and sent, and you receive it the very next moment!

It really is astonishing. Compels you to think that how much the speed of data transmission has advanced. Where 1st world countries are moving at speeds of gigabytes per second and 3rd worlds still move at kilobytes per second, data reaches even at these lower speeds. Government and defense agencies must be using much much higher rates of data transmission.

The point of all this is only to explain how data can travel. How any of your information moves throughout the internet and how quickly a LOT of damage can be done.

In a world of secrecy, espionage, cyber crimes, and internet wars - it is also up to you to play your role not for others but for yourself.

Be safe! Practise safe Internet policies!


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How safe are you #5



Today nothing can be done to prevent providing your data, well, mainly because you have already provided it, and also the fact that the internet makes our work all to easy, swift, accurate, and maybe safe upto some level!

My doubt arises only because of the fact we are providing all of our details even if we should not. Why do we do so? Have you ever asked yourself this? Did you look closely?

It's because - in the beginning, you don't fill up any details regarding your profile on any website - but, (and this is the part that pisses me off) - the website continuously prompts you to fill up your profile, it keeps telling you that your profile is incomplete - which it is not!

Why are all your details required?
Why are religion, caste, geo-tagging, thoughts, moods relevant for your profile?
A profile picture and a description about yourself are more than enough!

Don't you think so?

How is it in any manner a matter of concern for the company? Are they working for governments around the world to concise information about each and every individual living across the planet?

We all have heard how cyber warfare is always going on across different countries, sometimes CIA, or the DoD, or NASA, or European Agencies, etc. get stuck for days because some hackers hacked their foolproof systems! I am talking about places with the maximum security protocols and tools. If this can happen, what guarantees our safety?

I do not want to insert fear in your minds or hatred towards these websites, but to simply put forth my point of view. It just may be another candidate for a conspiracy theory!


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

How safe are you #4



Now, just ask yourself:

'Where does all this data go?'
You are smart enough to now that it is stored at some server on the planet.

But, what you should be asking is - 'Who controls the data?' I have a belief, that such social networks are not run by organisations once they are famous. They are controlled by Governments and their agencies.
Now, what is the thing that Governments of the world strive for? Data but of course!

Imagine getting information about everyone and everything going on this planet, and that too by those people themselves. No need for proof reading as you fill up the correct data by yourself!

You are serving your entire life on a Golden platter! Not because you are compelled to do so, or you are told to, it is because of your own free will.

You do so while thinking 'Now I'm gonna be on a social network, it is so exciting... I'll provide the best details about myself, ask all my friends to join, I'll be famous, We'll stay in touch,...' and what not...

Almost millions are available on facebook, not to forget the ones who deleted their accounts.

In short - besides your DNA sample, everything else is easily available that can make another YOU!
Come to think of it, it is not that difficult to get the DNA also... A strand of hair would do the needful -

IF an evil super-villain were to clone you for his evil deeds! :D

Jokes apart... it is a matter of critical importance that you are doing what the governments of none of the countries on this planet do - Providing the correct information, details, and everything else. In fact it is you who is doing so.

If a countries' government asks you for provide your entire life to them, would you do so? One in their sane sense of mind would never do so! It's because we know that they cannot protect our lives!
But by being a part of these websites and playing by their rules, we are doing so unknowingly.


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How safe are you #3


Now that every social and professional data has been acquired, why should your email accounts be spared?

Believe it or not, but they do hold a lot of information even if you don't think so. All those websites that you are a member of, all of those blogs that you follow, all of their passwords... personal pictures and photos that you may have emailed to your friends or received by you, etc. !

What is even scary is the fact that all of our bank account details are available in the email.
All of your secrets - account numbers, transactions, balance, and in some cases, even passwords. This in fact explains how much we are vulnerable.

Here... again! All of your friends data is available.

Many people even use their personal email accounts for work purposes which is like another nail in the coffin.

Some people who watch porn and have subscribed to such websites are most freaked out, as no one wants that data in any others hands.

Social networking, banking, email accounts, credit/debit cards, UID/SSN, all require a great deal of your attention.

Hell! Half of your blood pressure is high because of the delicate nature of the autonomous and hardware-software dependency today.

Machines handle your life. No no no... they CONTROL your life. You are mere puppets! Why puppets you ask? It's because many are addicted to such stuff. The first thing that you do when you on your P.C. or Laptop is to check how many likes you have received, any comments, how many notifications... etc. etc.
It is this addiction that people take advantage of.

Earlier MySpace was the source, then came Orkut, now theres Facebook and Google Plus. Every few years something new emerges from the dark underbelly of the worldwide phenomena called as the Internet. That thing is born out of fun purposes, and ends up being the instrument of mass data acquaintance. Data - both personal and professional... in short... your life!


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Friday, May 10, 2013

How safe are you #2



It is easy to deduce that one could gain pretty much information about with whom you share your secrets, what you think about your friends, what are your view about things, how your college and school life was, your mentality, your secrets, your mistakes, your crush, your guilt, your habits, etc. and much much more by simply going through the messages section in your social networking account.

In other words, the hacker knows pretty much everything about you than you or anyone else did about yourself.

Also, you have your family active online, whose details can also be easily accessed as they are in your friends list, giving way to some very personal family photographs that beside your family no one knows.

With whom you chat the most, message the most, who knows the most about you... all these details are also easily identifiable once one gets through to the account.

Then there are those who provide their other sensitive data based on other websites. I'm talking about professional websites like 'linkdin' that hold your resumes - your workplace, it's details and emails, where you have worked as what, your salaries, qualifications, personal details, strengths, weaknesses, abilities, groups, what you follow, etc. etc.

You add them or link them on multiple levels - for eg. liking it on facebook adds to your existing account, details that you wanted to keep separate like - a different email i.d., contact numbers, and profiles for professional reasons.

And guess what! More friends over here - the professional ones, your colleagues of the past, present and future... Unlimited access to their profiles as well just because they are in your friends list.

Now that you are aware that all of your data is being stored, don't be foolish to rush over to your account and deleting stuff... it seriously does not help.

Here's why:-
You know about the photo - tag feature on social networks. Suppose you are aware of all that I mentioned and you don't want to appear in a photo, but there is nothing that you an do about it as they are allowed to tag you and your location, the event and the time. There is nothing you can do about it!

Whoa! You think you can? Are you saying you will go that pic and 'un-tag' yourself? That is lame!

Once the data has been entered, no matter if you delete it... it won't appear, but it will exist in the social networks servers. Even if you have un-tagged yourself, there is proof existing that you were once tagged in those pictures. Not only this, but who tagged you at what time from what location - as well as when you untagged yourself from what location.

Likewise, all those uploads, those comments that you edited or deleted, those likes you disliked, those locations you added or removed, links and videos that you shared etc. are all stored time to time.

Many times when one is spammed - you tend to remove it, block it or report it. While doing so, you are asked for reasons describing your action. So, there it is!

You are saying 'I am removing this post, on so and so date, so and so time, from so and so place for this particular reason'. Again a description of your likes...


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

How safe are you #1


Ah! The modern day! The age where possibilities are endless.

Numerous benefits, easy lives, enormous resources, leisure and pleasure - all can be enjoyed together, and even valued!

Coming straight to the point - I don't know how many of you know this, but many months ago many Facebook users I.D., and passwords were leaked online by some hacker. FB and even Government agencies tried taking down the information but it was too late. It had been downloaded by thousands, and even put to use! Peoples accounts were hacked into - a shock for those who faced this! I was shocked when I saw the data the data that was leaked!

[I did not download or use that data in any manner whatsoever]
Click HERE to see links to this article as well as similar articles.

That makes me question 'How safe are we today?'

Take social networking websites like Facebook, (the not so used) Orkut, Google +, MySpace, etc. for example -
They have all your data, who you are, your friends, your locations, your photos, videos, likes and dislikes, almost EVERYTHING! All that personal data of yours is entirely dependent on a single password.

'Dear Hackers, wanna mess up my life completely? Well, don't worry coz besides my I.P. that you have acquired by hacking into my account - I have also provided my phone number, my home address, my websites, and any other alternative email addresses of mine.'

Now suppose the details were downloaded by some pretty bad guys, they could literally know everything about you. Who you are, where and when you were born, who your friends are, where you live, where they live, what happened in your life and when, your conversations, your messages, where do you frequently go, your likes, hobbies, favourite movies, music and t.v. shows, etc. etc.
Besides this they also gain an idea as to what your mindset and thinking is - by simply going through your timeline or previous posts, and checking your comments and views about certain things.

Another thing to note is... that you are endangering all those people who dwell in your friends list, your emailing list and your contacts. Hacking into your I.D. is enough to get details on any of your friends and access to all of their data as well, just like the entire history that you had. Besides this, you also provide your phone numbers to these websites - so that is silly!


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Friday, May 3, 2013

Optical illusions #5


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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One liners - May 2013


One liners for this month:

Here goes:

1.    As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
2.    Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot.
3.    Get a new car for your spouse. It'll be a great trade!
4.    The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the ability to reach it.
5.    Good judgement comes from bad experience. And bad experience comes from a lot of bad judgement.
6.    I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
7.    I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; It's because I hate plants.
8.    We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things get worse.
9.    42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
10. Be nice to your kids. They'll choose your nursing home.
11. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
12. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
13. I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you!
14. My mind is like a steel trap, rusty and illegal in 37 states.
15. Nothing is fool proof to a sufficiently talented fool.
16. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
17. I've only been wrong once, and that's when I thought I was wrong.
18. I don't find it hard to meet expenses. They're everywhere.
19. I just let my mind wander, and it didn't come back.
20. Don't steal. The government hates competition.
21. I couldn't repair you brakes, so I made your horn louder.
22. National Atheist's Day April 1st.
23. All generalizations are false.
24. The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.
25. I failed my blood test!

[Source 1 ] [Source 2]

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