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Experts says accepting friend requests should be only from people

  • Written by Thehindu
  • Published in People
Experts says accepting friend requests should be only from people
Deepak Raj Rao, Head of IT security at Bengaluru-based iNature, has said that people should not accept friendship requests on social networking sites unless the request is by a known person.

Speaking on “Youth and Cyber Crime” at the School of Social Work on Saturday, Mr. Rao said that hackers use fake accounts on these to trap people and access personal information.

“Don’t just accept friend requests blindly. Confirm that the request is by the person who know,” he said and asked students not be enamoured by having many friends on networking sites.

Mr. Rao cautioned students against opening sites mentioned in an email. Through such links hackers elicit personal information from people. “Please be cautious with such mails,” he said. He also cautioned about hackers who lure using pornographic content.

Mr. Rao asked students not to upload personal information on social networking sites and asked them to keep their status as private that allows access to information to a select group.

Mr. Rao was also in favour of ‘One Time Password’ used by banks to authenticate online transactions as it alerts any attempts to hack the account. He said the new system of sending the password to mobile phones for opening mail accounts prevents unauthorised access, he said.

The talk was jointly organised by the School of Social Work’s Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, Association of British Scholars, Mangalore Chapter and the NSS unit of the Mangalore University.

Talk on cyber crime held at the School of Social Work