Prevent ur Account from Hackers

Here I will be discussing how u can protect ur account’s from Hackers or for the right word Crackers.

1. Beware of Phishing :-

Phishing is one of the most widely used and simplest ways of gaining access to one’s account thru hacking.Phishers are pages which are uploaded into hosting sites and then given away to victims….

In appearance the phisher looks exactly as ur common login page.

For eg :-taking into consideration an orkut account and u received a link by someone asking u to click on that link.

Now when u click on that link , it takes u to a new page that looks like ur orkut account login page.

Don’t be fooled by that , now most of the people will without a second thought enter their username and passcode and press enter.But u will not be logged into ur account.It is a phisher , ur login info will be sent to the person who sent u the link.

So no matter who and however trusty that person is do not login on any other page except.

Or else ur account might be on the verge of getting hacked……

PHISHING DONE IN ANOTHER WAY

MANY TIMES .. PHISHERS WILL SEND U A MAIL IN UR EMAIL ID .. WITH THE ID — GMAILPASSWORDRECOVERE .. ET ETC .. AND TELLING U TO VERIFY UR ACCOUNT OR ELSE UR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED .

DON’T EVER LOGIN AT ANY PAGE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL WEBSITE

2. Keep a strong password :-

Always have a passcode with many characters , minimum 6 characters having a combination of small and big letters and number and special characters like “$”.Then there are very minimal chances that ur passcode will be hacked…..

3. Keyloggers :-

Many times u make online friends that u do not know personally.Then after many chats the person tells u he created a game and wanted u to see it and give a review.U gladly accept it, the game might actually be a keylogger.Keyloggers have become very common nowadays.Now when u double click on the keylogger it gets activated.The next time u login into any page ur username and passocode will be sent to the other guy…..

So do not accept such things from people u do not trust very much…….

4. Keeping ur antivirus up-to-date :-

Many people believe that antiviruses do nothing and hence they do not install them , and think that if a virus infects their PC then they will format the PC.But this is wrong , whenever a virus enters ur PC then there is a very strong possibility that a bad sector is created in ur PC.Antiviruses thus protect ur PC….

White Hat Hackers of All Time

Top 5 Most Famous White Hat Hackers of All Time

Hackers that use their skills for good are classified as “white hat.” These white hats often work as certified “Ethical Hackers,” hired by companies to test the integrity of their systems. Others, operate without company permission by bending but not breaking laws and in the process have created some really cool stuff. In this section we profile five white hat hackers and the technologies they have developed.

1. Stephen Wozniak:

“Woz” is famous for being the “other Steve” of Apple . Wozniak, along with current Apple CEO Steve Jobs, co-founded Apple Computer. He  has been awarded with the National Medal of Technology as well as honorary doctorates from Kettering University and Nova Southeastern  University. Additionally, Woz was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in September 2000.

Woz got his start in hacking making blue boxes, devices that bypass telephone-switching mechanisms to make free long-distance calls. After  reading an article about phone phreaking in Esquire, Wozniak called up his buddy Jobs. The pair did research on frequencies, then built and  sold blue boxes to their classmates in college. Wozniak even used a blue box to call the Pope while pretending to be Henry Kissinger.

2. Tim Berners-Lee:

Berners-Lee is famed as the inventor of the World Wide Web, the system that we use to access sites, documents and files on the Internet. He has  received numerous recognitions, most notably the Millennium Technology Prize.

While a student at Oxford University, Berners-Lee was caught hacking access with a friend and subsequently banned from University computers.  w3.org reports, “Whilst [at Oxford], he built his first computer with a soldering iron, TTL gates, an M6800 processor and an old television.”  Technological innovation seems to have run in his genes, as Berners-Lee’s parents were mathematicians who worked on the Manchester Mark1,  one of the earliest electronic computers.

3. Linus Torvalds:

Torvalds fathered Linux, the very popular Unix-based operating system. He calls himself “an engineer,” and has said that his aspirations are  simple, “I just want to have fun making the best damn operating system I can.”

Torvalds got his start in computers with a Commodore VIC-20, an 8-bit home computer. He then moved on to a Sinclair QL. Wikipedia  reports that he modified the Sinclair “extensively, especially its operating system.” Specifically, Torvalds hacks included “an assembler and  a text editor…as well as a few games.”

4. Richard Stallman:

Stallman’s fame derives from the GNU Project, which he founded to develop a free operating system. For this, he’s known as the father of  free software. His “Serious Bio” asserts, “Non-free software keeps users divided and helpless, forbidden to share it and unable to change  it. A free operating system is essential for people to be able to use computers in freedom.”

Stallman, who prefers to be called rms, got his start hacking at MIT. He worked as a “staff hacker” on the Emacs project and others. He  was a critic of restricted computer access in the lab. When a password system was installed, Stallman broke it down, resetting passwords  to null strings, then sent users messages informing them of the removal of the password system.

5. Tsutomu Shimomura:

Shimomura reached fame in an unfortunate manner: he was hacked by Kevin Mitnick. Following this personal attack, he made it his cause  to help the FBI capture him.

Shimomura’s work to catch Mitnick is commendable, but he is not without his own dark side. Author Bruce Sterling recalls: “He pulls out  this AT&T cellphone, pulls it out of the shrinkwrap, finger-hacks it, and starts monitoring phone calls going up and down Capitol Hill while  an FBI agent is standing at his shoulder, listening to him.”

white hat vs black hat

This article is about computer hackers

White hat

A white hat is the hero or good guy, especially in computing slang, where it refers to an ethical hacker or penetration tester who focuses on securing and protecting IT systems.

White hat hackers are computer security experts, who specialize in penetration testing, and other testing methodologies, to ensure that a company’s information systems are secure. White hat hackers are also called “sneakers”, red teams, or tiger teams. These security experts may utilize a variety of methods to carry out their tests, including social engineering tactics, use of hacking tools, such as Metasploit, which exploits known vulnerabilities, and attempts to evade security to gain entry into secured areas.

Black hat

Black hat is used to describe a hacker (or, if you prefer, cracker) who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent. Unlike a white hat hacker, the black hat hacker takes advantage of the break-in, perhaps destroying files or stealing data for some future purpose. The black hat hacker may also make the exploit known to other hackers and/or the public without notifying the victim. This gives others the opportunity to exploit the vulnerability before the organization is able to secure it.