How to protect my Orkut account

Using Orkut is a great way to meet new people and get in touch with old friends. But it's also used by millions of people and there are certain things Orkut members should keep in mind while using the site. Due to Orkut's open nature, we realize that users' accounts can become compromised through phishing schemes, viruses and spyware. Fortunately, users can help secure their own account and their online identity quickly and easily. Here are some general tips and guidelines you should follow when using Orkut:

Protect your password and personal information

Keep your username, password and personal information secret, and change your password regularly. Don't forget that you should never tell anyone your password! Your Google Account password protects your Orkut account so keep it to yourself. Also try to avoid scams and sites that may try to steal your password.

Never enter your Google Account username and password on sites other than www.orkut.com and other Google properties. Never select the "remember me" option when you're using a public or shared computer.

If you've shared your password with anyone, we highly recommend you change it as soon as possible. If you believe someone has taken over your account, file a report for us. We'll be able to return your account if we can confirm that you're the owner.

Activate 2 Steps Verification

The 2 steps verification is one extra layer of protection to access your Google account. It combines something you know (your password) with something you have (you mobile phone).

Learn more about 2 steps verification and how to activate it for Orkut.

Don't script, ever!

Never copy and paste a web address or script (code) into your Internet browser while signed into Orkut, no matter what it claims to do. Don't click links in scraps or emails that claim to be from Orkut, Google or Gmail. Don't forget to scan your computer regularly for viruses, spyware, and adware.

Orkut doesn't use your email address for any purpose other than sending out Orkut invitations and notices. We find spam annoying and are committed to keeping your email address safe. We'll never send you spam emails asking you to download anything or to send us personal information, such as your password or bank account information. If you ever receive an email like this, delete it immediately. Orkut is a free service, and it will remain safe with your help.

Avoid posting sensitive personal data

Keep email addresses, pictures and other personal data in private places. Don't forget that millions of people can view your Orkut profile or public messages you send around. Don't post anything you wouldn't want everyone to know about you, like your phone number or home address. Instead, share fun information like your favorite vacation spot or the best movie you've ever seen.

Don't trust everyone

People aren't always who they say they are. Be cautious when adding strangers to your friends list. Orkut is a great place to make new friends, but be careful about information you share with someone you've never met in person. If you do decide to meet someone outside of Orkut, bring a trusted adult with you.

Restrict access to your content

Don't forget that you can use different privacy features to restrict who's allowed to see or comment on your content.

Sign out when you're done

Don't forget to click the sign out link at the top of the page when you're done using Orkut. If you just close your web browser without signing out, others may be able to access your account when reopening the browser.

Keep your Orkut and Google Account safe

Finally, we also recommend that you follow our general tips to keep your Google Account and computer safe, available at www.google.com/help/security

Learn more and apply for the 2 steps verification to keep your Orkut account even safer.

Pay attention to suspicious behavior in your computer, such as general slowness and pop-up advertisements. For more information on keeping your account secure, check out Google's Safety Center.

If you believe that your account has been compromised, please reset your password immediately.

For more tips about online safety, visit Google's Safety Center.