Before computers came, the word hacking was referred to an
act of breaking a large piece of wood into smaller pieces,
by using a large axe. It was also used for mercy killings,
where a man will be made to die by chopping off his neck by
Today, man went on inventing something new, useful stuffs.
Among these inventions, the computers stand on highest level.
Being a machine, it is more powerful, accurate than human
brain! This sensational craze has of course, led to many inventions
and thus computer network was born. The invention of computer
network has in turn raised a very useful stuff, which is of
course, the Internet.
Use of internet has brought significant, rapid changes to
the global economy. Today, we cannot live without using internet.
A day without internet is almost a dead day, today. Some people
used internet for information exchange and information interchange.
But, some crazy people found some means to exploit the weaknesses
to steal information from other computer. And thus word the
hacking was given a place in computer science words dictionary,
vocabulary. Thus, Hacking is a method of stealing information
from a computer system using illegal means. The person who
does hacking is called as an Hacker.
The hacker sits at the remote system, normally, do, try to
penetrate into other system or into the network, by using
some special software, meant for penetration process. Through
it, hacker can collect vital information such as credit card
details and also personal information. After collecting the
vital information, the hacker will black-mail the system owner
and can demand ransom or some favors which amount to illegal
black-mailing. Hackers need not target a particular user.
They can target many internet users.
Hackers need not get support of the softwares meant for hacking.
They can also use other methods, such as guessing work such as guessing passwords,
guessing card numbers, etc.
Today, majority of users who are in internet, are prone to
hacking. Among them, email services sites, social networking
sites are among those which are hacked. Normally, we get some
useful stuff in the social networking sites, like facebook,
twitter, google + etc.
I, as a Facebook user, almost daily, getting apology private
messages saying that, the account got compromised and somebody
posted some porn video or some illegal contents, through that
account, and asking users to apologize for the same. By this,
messages, I got inspired to write this article. Due to ill
literate computer users, this crime, has gone to some greater
extent, and in turn, encourages users to learn computer handling
in a cleverer way.
Here, are the some tips for users of social networking sites
like facebook.com as well as the users of email and chatting
services such as hotmail.com, skype.com, yahoo.com etc.
- Never share your ids and passwords through any means in the
- You may be using your nick name in password. Never, disclose
your nick names to unknown friends.
- Never disclose personal details like date of birth and some
important dates which you may remember.
- Now days, mobiles play important role in providing security
to your account. Setup a SMS alert, by registering and linking
your mobile number to your e-mail account. This feature will alert
you, in case of logging by some other person from another
- Never trust a person and also never trust internet to be secured
and never tell every bit of your life to him, in internet.
- Some websites operates through a layer of security. But, always
remember that, your information is not at all secured, even
though the website providers say that they are sending your
information through secured layer, where your address bar
URL consist of https// instead of http://. So, don’t
send a copy of important documents through internet. Ask the
person to come and collect it personally in case of sending
a copy of most important documents such as house documents,
- For the email accounts, keep changing passwords, once in six
to twelve months. This will make your account, less vulnerable
- Keep the system up to date, with all downloadable latest updates
from operating system’s official website. Also, keep
your antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-phishing softwares upto
date. This will minimize the possibility of hacking.
- Do not visit games websites, unknown websites, frequently.
Some of these websites do contain codes to send information
internally, without informing the user of what is being sent.
- Always do not keep webcam switched on. Better to disconnect
it from the computer itself, if it does not have ON/OFF switch.
Such webcams do keep themselves ON when the computer boots
up. Though one may say that, it is not possible to switch
ON web cam without the present user’s interaction; there
is one mere possibility that, it can transmit live video without
notifying the users to the hacker.
From this, I am sorry, if it makes you to get scared! But,
truth is always a bitter pill to swallow. Now, you may think,
we cannot trust internet world. This is true to some extent.
Once you are connected to the internet, you are in the most
unsafe world, even though it is announced that, we provide
you the most secured way of life. Finally, it is upto you
to decide about your safety.