Orkut Birthday Reminders on Your HomePage Can Compromise Your Account!

It’s a season of celebrations for some of the lucky orkut users and some really cool suggestions for the orkut team, but beware of some traps that Orkut has accidentally left for you which might result in compromising your account to someone, you don’t even know..

Still fishing? Okay..All the credit for this security risk goes to the MiniBirthday Feature of orkut which displays the Upcoming Birthdays of your friends on your Home Page.

Actually, This feature has it’s very own page which when opened lists all your friends upcoming birthdays. Not to miss, your very own Authentication ID* on the Navigation Bar of your Browser. Well, anyone can steal that very good looking Authentication ID and login into your Orkut Account withut the need of your username and password.

*Authentication ID is a kind of “key” generated when you login that opens up the “lock” of Orkut.

Using this link anyone with some good knowledge of XSS can steal your “key”. Not to take credits away from malicious “useful looking” softwares and scripts in orkut communities and scraps.
» Want to experience and see what’s your authentication code looks like?


» Precautions


Be careful while surfing orkut and remember to install scripts only from trusted sources. Read these tips to play safe on orkut and make sure you follow this ever green karma – prevention is better then cure.
Gaurav KalraUpcoming Orkutter8 Points
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Tags - Cross Site Scripting, Privacy, Security, Tips

  7 Comments on this Article.


  1. सौरभ says:


    .Nice Information bhai. [:)]

  2. Gagan says:


    thnx 4 da info !!

  3. Pravin says:


    my birthday is not visible to other.in any one . how to show upcoming birthday of mine.

  4. Gaurav Dua says:


    @pravin – In edit your profile page, where you can change your birthday there will be an option to show your birthday to your friends. Check that option.

    That should solve your problem…

    • Smily says:


      Hey I too have the same problem in Orkut. My friends are not reminded of my birthday. I set my birthday visibility to all my friends in the ‘edit profile’ page and have turned birthday reminders on in my settings page. But still the results are negative. Is it an Orkut bug. If it is then how can I get rid of it?

  5. sri says:


    i have the same prob as smily

  6. pratik says:


    my birthday is coming… bt my frns homepage my bday is nt showing…wht cn i do… my birthday is 8th dec

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