Note: All stuff posted here, is for the educational purpose only. If anyone misuses the info, the management of the OFF Club can not be held responsible and shall stand withdrawn from any damages which may arise as a result of mishandling of the info; hence it is advised to use them at your own risks and cost. Thanks for your patience and cooperation.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Privacy Feature Update

This week we are adding additional flexibility for you to manage the privacy of your testimonials, videos, scrapbook and feeds. In addition to having your privacy settings to be just "friends" or "everyone," you can now select also "friend of friends." We feel that this is a good choice for those of you who may wish to share your information with an extended group of friends without making it public to everyone. We hope this additional flexibility helps you manage your experience on orkut better.

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Who Used Your Pc In Your Absence,what Did He Do

First you should go..

start > run >eventvwr.msc

Events are stored in three log files: Application, Security, and System.

These logs can be reviewed and archived.

For our purposes we want the System log. Click on "System" in the left-hand column for a list of events.

Look for a date and time when you weren't home and your computer should have been off.

double click on the eg: info n it will show u the detail.

You can also use this log to see how long someone was on the computer. Just look at the time the computer was turned on and off for that day :))

easy way f keepin a track of ya system than t download stufzz..!! :P

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Monday, April 28, 2008

1-Click Formatting

Here I am posting a great script for text formatting. it modifies your scraps, post and as well testimonials.

  • Screen Shot:

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Think Before Pressing Ctrl+C, You Could Be Hacked.

> Please be very careful when u press Ctrl + C ..

> Here is some useful information for all.

> Ctrl+C may be the most important work we do
> everyday. But it's
> not a very
> safe thing to do. Read on to know why.

> What happens when you press Ctrl+C while you are
> Online... We do
> copy various data by Ctrl + C for copying & pasting
> elsewhere.

> This copied data is stored in clipboard and is
> accessible from
> the net by
> a combination of Javascripts and ASP.

> Just try this:
> 1) Copy any text by Ctrl + C
> 2) Click the Link: <>

> 3) You will see the text you copied was accessed by
> this web
> page.

> Do not keep sensitive data (like passwords, credit
> card numbers,
> PIN etc.)
> in the clipboard while surfing the web. It is
> extremely easy to
> extract
> the text stored in the clipboard to steal your
> sensitive
> information.

See a suggestion from an expert:

> You can stop hacking of clipboard content by doing:

> Go to internet options of explorer -_ tools menu ->
> Internet
> option -> Security Custom level

> In settings - Select disable under allow past
> operations via
> script.

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News: Log in to Facebook, Orkut offline

WASHINGTON: You may soon be able to chat with your Facebook and Orkut friends even without an Internet connection, for scientists have developed an application that may make it possible to network, chat, or share files without Internet access.

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have come up with an application that may make it possible to chat and even play collaborative games with friends who also have installed the application.

There are two components to the application, dubbed “Peersonalizer,” a Facebook application and a module inside the free, downloadable WiPeer software.

WiPeer makes direct wireless (WiFi) communication between computers possible -- without intermediary devices such as Internet routers -- at distances of up to 900 ft. Peersonalizer uses technology that can also be applied to other social networking sites such as Orkut, MySpace, Friendster and LinkedIn.

Lead researcher Professor Roy Friedman said that the technology could also be eventually used with WiFi-enabled mobile phones, such as the iPhone.

“This application takes social networking to another level,” said Friedman.

“Peersonalizer demonstrates that Internet-based social networks can serve as complementary mechanisms -- rather than replacements -- to social and business life,” he added.

The application has been developed by two Technion Faculty of Computer Science students, Lior Biran and Tomer Einav, under the supervision of Friedman and PhD students Vadim Drabkin and Gabi Kliot.

For online degree you can apply in a number of universities like University of Phoenix. You can also select the university on the basis of fee structure like if you feel that fee structure of Kaplan University is good then you can get admission in it. Similarly, you can compare other universities like DeVry University or another online degree offering university.

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Unlimited Time In Internet Cafe

Alright Ladies And Hostile Men, Were Gonna Learn How To Disable The Timer On The Computers On In Internet Cafe's. Alright Create A New Text Document, Than Type CMD In It, And Than Save It As a Batch File, And Than Run The New Batch File On Your Desktop. Than Command Prompt Should Open, Now You Type "cd\windows" to change the directory to Windows, than type in "regedit" to get to the registry editor gui, than navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Appevents>
software>classes> micr osoft>windows>current version>internet settings>policies>system" than on the right pane where it says Disable Taskmanager, right click on it, and scroll down to modify, and than change the value of it to "0", and than open Windows Task Manager By Holding Down These Keys, "CTRL+ALT+DEL/DELETE" And Than Disable The Internet Cafe's Timer, And WoohLAH, UNLIMTED TIME.

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

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Exams like CCDA 640-863 and other professional exams are getting popular. If you also want success in 70-293 exam or in CompTIA’s A+ 220-602 exam, you need to practice from online resources. So, if you are appearing in 70-536 exams, then get ready to score well.

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IPL Fever Comes To Orkut - Incredible Cricket Applications

» 22Yardz

» Playing 22 Yards

22Yardz gives you 5000 Points to choose up to 6 Batsmen, 5 Bowlers, 3 All-rounders, and 2 Wicket Keepers from the available players. To buy each player, you need to shed some points. You should also not pick more than 8 international players in your team. You must use your balance wisely to build a winning team.

» All Set? Let's Get it started

» CricXchange

» What is CricXchange?

CricXchange is the first ever cricket trading game, in which you can trade stocks, bonds and mutual funds of cricket players, with virtual cash.Play smart, play hard, play with attitude and you may as well make a quick buck (real, of course) for yourself. CricXchange offers a new and exciting obsession for sports' fanatics and promises to be a great experience-an opportunity to prepare oneself for the real markets. Ofcourse, It is free of cost.

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Send Scrap To Your All Friends

Latest Scrap to All - Send One Scrap to All Frends At Once
Copy Paste dis Script to Address (url) Bar:

Note: don't open new Tab paste in ny active orkut page.
For more help post ur comments here.

For More Assistance Please Click Here.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

Kool & Sexy Search Engine

Ms. Dewey is a viral marketing campaign started by Microsoft in October 2006.

The Ms. Dewey website is an Adobe Flash-based live search website.

Ms. Dewey appears to be an interactive search assistant who audibly comments on searched keywords in her own style and makes random actions when idle, including taking props from behind her desk. The responses actually consist of about 600 video clips recorded over a period of three days.

Janina Gavankar (NRI) plays the role of the Ms. Dewey character.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

myHangman Contest

» myHangman Contest

We hope that you did not miss the last orkut competition held by Contests2win. In case you did, this is a golden chance for you to make some quick effortless money.

» Prizes

Contests2win will be giving Rs 3000 (Rs 1000 each) away to 3 lucky users who install the myHangman application on Orkut. Winners will be announced on the 15th of May. Track the status of this competition by keeping a check on this post

» Instructions

» About - Hangman Orkut Application

» How to Install?

» How to Play?

You have to guess the missing letters of the alphabet to fill in the blanks and get the right answer. Simply click on the Alphabets.

Best of Luck.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Some Google Tricks / Hacks

Everyone knows google in the security sector...and what a powerful tool it is,just by entering certain search strings you can gain a vast amount of knowledgeand information of your chosen target...often revealing sensitive data...thisis all down to badly configured systems...brought on by sloppy administrationallowing directory indexing and accessing , password files , log entrys ,files , paths ,etc , etc
Search Tips
so how do we start ?
the common search inputs below will give you an idea...for instance if youwant to search for the an index of "root"
in the search box put in exactly as you see it below

Search Strings :

"Index of /admin"
"Index of /password"
"Index of /mail"
"Index of /" +passwd
"Index of /" +password.txt
"Index of /" +.htaccess
index of ftp +.mdb allinurl:/cgi-bin/ +mailto

filetype:config web
gobal.asax index

allintitle: "index of/admin"
allintitle: "index of/root"
allintitle: sensitive filetype:doc
allintitle: restricted filetype :mail
allintitle: restricted filetype:doc site:gov

inurl:passwd filetype:txt
inurl:admin filetype:db

top secret site:mil
top secret site:mil
confidential site:mil

allinurl: winnt/system32/ (get cmd.exe)

intitle:"Index of" .sh_history
intitle:"Index of" .bash_history
intitle:"index of" passwd
intitle:"index of" people.lst
intitle:"index of" pwd.db
intitle:"index of" etc/shadow
intitle:"index of" spwd
intitle:"index of" master.passwd
intitle:"index of" htpasswd
intitle:"index of" members OR accounts
intitle:"index of" user_carts OR user_cart

Let me show how it works.

1# Enter the search string in the search box of google.

2# Now we check search results one by one .

Here we see a live traffic cam installed somewhere in US

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Find IP's Location

Here you can find the geographical location ie. country, region, city, latitude, longitude, ZIP code, time zone, connection speed, ISP and domain name using a proprietary ip address lookup database and technology without invading Internet user's privacy.

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Live Chat Addon for Current Visiting webpage

Found a Cool Real Time Chatting Addon for firefox (-:

this is

Install it....make a Profile on it (-:
and you ready to goto (-:

whenever you visit any web site and who ever visiting on tht webpage and if he/she has this addon installed you able to chat them (-:

Like you visiting OUG....all tht has this Addon installed..U able to chat them...(-:

So lets start a Live Chating Guyz & Gals (-:
u r also able to invite frnds and put a DP (-:

itz cool let make it try (-:

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

MS Vista Office Compressed to 4 MB

Seems to b unbelievable but its true. whole MS Office 2007 in a 4 MB file, when u decompress it, it becomes 737 MB

Download LInk:


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Goto Restricted Areas In Forums Without Loggin In

usin this customization u can go into forum sections which need user login..

Note this only works on websitez which allow "searching" bots to looking @ forum.

So sometimes u r to lazy to login or u forget password and u quick need some information.

So good way is faking UA <- User Agent I will show u example of firefox Type in URL bar following: about:config then u should see alot of options which can be changed 1cm down u will see "Filter:" Type in box "useranget" without quotes We need to change just general.useragent.extra.firefox Deafult is Firefox x.x.x or something like that^^ So how to bypass login on that websites(also on h4cky0u)? just double click & type in that field Code: Select all Googlebot/2.X (

So websites will think u r google bot and allow u searching on website without login :)

Thats also good way if u want ur useragent stay hidden :)

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WinXP Installation Made Very Simple

this helps to install XP wit all ur fav prgms in less than 10 mins...

Yeah if u r tired up installin win xp n enterin all those details lyk serial no, location timing etc etc,,,
n after that installation of diff applications,,,this topic z just for ya...

here i'm goin to giv u a idea of makin these things a lot more simple..

Acronis True image n Acronis Disk Director...
n ultra iso
n make it a full version i prefer buyin it coz it worth d cost..

then install it..n make a bk up of the system drive ie the drive on which the winxp is installd using acronis true image home

then mk a bootable cd/dvd image using acronis disk director.
PS:select all the sections when it z askd.
Acronis True image home
Disk director full n safe
Drive cleanser..

PS::create the image only do not write d DVD nw..

nw open the ultra iso
in it open the created boot image file v jst made usin disk director..
there ll b folder with some name. on the right hand side..

nw drag n drop the file v bkd up earlier using true image to this not put it in the folder of the compilation..

nw save the whole image..u should see the image file as bootable at the top left corner of ultra iso..

nw write the image usin any dvd burner not write the dvd as image.
if u r usin nero then th nero express..
n then select image,project,copy in it select the iso file v made usin ultra iso...
burn it..

nw the diff part is over,,,

nw if u need to restore the partition or mk a new installation..jst put this dvd in d drive n reboot the system..

then u'll see options for true image n disk director..
so first take the disk director.
in it format the partition u want to install the win xp..
then commit d changes n then exit
the system ll reboot n then select true image.
in it select restore..
then browse to the bk file which z in the DVD..
its ll tk atmost 9 mins n then it ll be ok..
restart the system..

here the main adv is that..u dont hv to install the applications drivers games etc etc all ll b done in jst abt 10 mins...

* mk sure that the s/m hs all the applications drivers games etc etc u need before bakin up...

*all d programs shld b instlld in the same drive in which d win xp z installd.

*the bk up procedure consists f d followin steps...

slect bk up in acronis true image
then nxt-->my computer-->disk n partitions-->drive c(win xp installd partition)-->nxt-->full bk u-->select d place 4 bk up..
*do not select d partition of which the nkin up z done..

*nw the restore procedure z follows..
select it frm dvd next-->restore disks or part..-->click the drive first-->select the target partions..-->nxt-->Active-->nxt-->nxt-->

yes i wnt to restor another part-->select MBR-->select the hd on which the os is to be installd.

n the restore ll begin..
after itz completed...the pc will reboot tk out the dvd frm the drive..thats it...


defragment the drive before bakin up..this increases pc performance..

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The Top10 Hacks Of All Time

Early 1990s
Kevin Mitnick, often incorrectly called by many as god of hackers, broke into the computer systems of the world's top technology and telecommunications companies Nokia, Fujitsu, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems. He was arrested by the FBI in 1995, but later released on parole in 2000. He never termed his activity hacking, instead he called it social engineering.

November 2002
Englishman Gary McKinnon was arrested in November 2002 following an accusation that he hacked into more than 90 US military computer systems in the UK. He is currently undergoing trial in a British court for a "fast-track extradition" to the US where he is a wanted man. The next hearing in the case is slated for today.

Russian computer geek Vladimir Levin effected what can easily be called The Italian Job online - he was the first person to hack into a bank to extract money. Early 1995, he hacked into Citibank and robbed $10 million. Interpol arrested him in the UK in 1995, after he had transferred money to his accounts in the US, Finland, Holland, Germany and Israel.

When a Los Angeles area radio station announced a contest that awarded a Porsche 944S2 for the 102nd caller, Kevin Poulsen took control of the entire city's telephone network, ensured he is the 102nd caller, and took away the Porsche beauty. He was arrested later that year and sentenced to three years in prison. He is currently a senior editor at Wired News.

Kevin Poulsen again. A little-known incident when Poulsen, then just a student, hacked into Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet was hacked into. Arpanet was a global network of computers, and Poulsen took advantage of a loophole in its architecture to gain temporary control of the US-wide network.

US hacker Timothy Lloyd planted six lines of malicious software code in the computer network of Omega Engineering which was a prime supplier of components for NASA and the US Navy. The code allowed a "logic bomb" to explode that deleted software running Omega's manufacturing operations. Omega lost $10 million due to the attack.

Twenty-three-year-old Cornell University graduate Robert Morris unleashed the first Internet worm on to the world. Morris released 99 lines of code to the internet as an experiment, but realised that his program infected machines as it went along. Computers crashed across the US and elsewhere. He was arrested and sentenced in 1990.

The Melissa virus was the first of its kind to wreak damage on a global scale. Written by David Smith (then 30), Melissa spread to more than 300 companies across the world completely destroying their computer networks. Damages reported amounted to nearly $400 million. Smith was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison.

MafiaBoy, whose real identity has been kept under wraps because he is a minor, hacked into some of the largest sites in the world, including eBay, Amazon and Yahoo between February 6 and Valentine's Day in 2000. He gained access to 75 computers in 52 networks, and ordered a Denial of Service attack on them. He was arrested in 2000.

They called themselves Masters of Deception, targeting US phone systems. The group hacked into the National Security Agency, AT&T, and Bank of America. It created a system that let them bypass long-distance phone call systems, and gain access to the pbx of major carriers.

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Orkut For Mobile Phone Users

In order to access the mobile version of Orkut, users simply have to point their phone's browser over to and login using your Google account.

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A New Low Bandwidth Version Of Orkut

Facing difficulties in surfing Orkut while using a dial-up connection? Now no need to worry dial-up user because Orkut has introduce its Low Bandwidth Version. This version will be helpful for all those users who are using slow internet connection.

How To Convert Your Orkut Into Low Bandwidth Version:

  • Log in, in your orkut account
  • Go to your General Settings
  • In the General Setting Tab, there is a low bandwidth option, as shown in screen shot
  • Choose the low bandwidth option & Feel Free to use Orkut no matter what kinda Internet Connection you are using.

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Download Highly Compressed GTA (64kb)

Highly compressed GTA San Andreas.. Just 64kb..
To decompress, KGB archiever included.

PS: It will take time to decompressed about 30 mints

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Orkut Rocks! 'HTML In Forums / Topics

Hurry! HTML is on.. You can now allow members to enjoy HTML posts in your forums.

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A Mobile Application For Orkuteers

Hey Orkuteers! Here is an application by which you will be able to use Orkut on your mobile phone by installing this application. Don't miss anything. This Application can be used in any GPRS enabled mobile(list).

Download In Your Mobile Phone:
  • Go To quick download.
  • Now enter the Code 11170 For quick download as shown in screen shots.

  • Click next and done.

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'New Update' Refined and Advanced Orkut Search

Here you go, A really advance and refining search has been introduced by Orkut. Type anything and you will possible results in embed window as shown in screen shot. The New Feature / Update is not for all user now, but it will be available for all very soon. So, Get Ready For Searching your friend none of them can hide their self now. ☺

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

How to hack/change your Windows XP Boot Screen

This is a very simple trick to do if you have done the same for the logon screen and the start button. There are 2 ways to do this trick that I know about one is doing it manually and the other is using a program called bootxp. I am going to tell you the manual way to do it, but if you want to know the other way just let me know, so I can do an update to the guide. Now once you have downloaded your ntoskrnl.exe file save it a general location so that you will have easy access to it, like my folder.

Once you have ntoskrnl.exe file in an easy access folder, restart your pc into safe mode. Once into safe mode go to the folder where your files are located.

Now that you are there copy the file that you want to change your boot screen too. Once you have copied that file, hit the window key + r or type %windir%\system32 in the run command, so that folder as follows.

Once there paste your new file into the folder and overwrite the existing folder.

Now that you have your new file in the folder restart your pc as you normally would and your new boot screen should appear. You can download this bootscreen here.


Image and ntoskrnl.exe files provided by

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How To Change Thumbnail Size And Quality

If any of you out there like to use the thumbnail view, especially for browsing through photos and images, it can become a bit of a drain on your system. It is possible to lower the thumbnail size and quality by editing the following registry keys.

Open the registry and navigate to :

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer

Create a new DWORD value called ThumbnailSize, and set the value between 32 and 256.

And/or create another DWORD value called ThumbnailQuality, and set the value between 50 and 100.

Key Details :

USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer]
Value Name: ThumbnailSize
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Data Value: 32 - 256

USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer]
Value Name: ThumbnailQuality
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Data Value: 50 - 100

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Games For Windows April 2008

100 pages | April 2008 | PDF | 20.9 Mb

This magazine focuses on the computer entertainment market and provides in-depth reviews of new computer games. It also explores the latest in multimedia, CD-ROM and interactive game environments.

This magazine focuses on the computer entertainment market and provides in-depth reviews of new computer games. It also explores the latest in multimedia, CD-ROM and interactive game environments.


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Rare Page By Google

Enter in your browser and Hold your bearth.

Above URL will show the Google page. No Links is working.

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MTV Roddies At Orkut

Ankita B.------

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'Contest2win' Just Join An Orkut Community & Win Cash Prize

A lucky Draw has been announced By Contests2Win Only for their community members and the prize is INR 1000. join their orkut community and register with them to meet the eligibility criteria.

How To Participate?

  • Register yourself at their site which is
  • Join there orkut community Contests2Win Orkut Community.
  • After joining, leave your registration ID at their The official post at C2W.
  • The Result will be announced soon (1st May 2008). You may visit here for further info.
  • There is another same prize for most active member of the community.
  • Happy Orkuting, Dont forget give our share if you win.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

News: Children flock to social networks

Child uses a computer
Almost half of children online use social network sites

More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows.

Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age limit.

Ofcom's survey of 5,000 adults and 3,000 children found 49% of those aged between eight and 17 have a profile.

Ofcom says parents could put their children at risk if they do not keep an eye on what they do online.

Wide usage

The Ofcom report looks into the impact of social networks on people's lives in the UK as part of a wider media literacy campaign and surveyed 5,000 adults and more than 3,000 children.

"Social networks are clearly a very important part of people's lives and are having an impact on how people live their lives," said James Thickett, director of market research at Ofcom.

49% of children 8-17 have an online profile
22% of 16+ have an online profile
On average adults have profiles on 1.6 sites
63% of 8 to 17-year-olds with a profile use Bebo
37% of 8 to 17-year-olds with profile use MySpace
18% of 8 to 17-year-olds with a profile use Facebook
59% of 8 to 17-year-olds use social networks to make new friends
16% of parents do not know if their child's profile is visible to all
33% of parents say they set no rules for their children's use of social networks
43% of children say their parents set no rules for use of social networks
Source: Ofcom

He added: "Children's lives are very different from what they were 20 years ago. Social networks are a way of creating a social bond."

The Home Office has been working with social networking firms and is expected to publish a set of guidelines for the sites around best practice, security and privacy on Friday.

The report is expected to recommend that profiles created by children are set to private by default, or are only viewable by friends nominated by the user.

It also suggests that social sites maintain a distinct contact page listing contact numbers, such as 999, children can use to get help.

The three leading social networks, MySpace, Bebo and Facebook, all say they remove profiles of users that are found to be too young on their sites.

But at present no technology is used to actively verify the age of users.

The Home Office guidelines are set to encourage social networking sites to investigate age verification technologies and to give better signposting to users about privacy settings, and warnings about the implications of posting personal details.

A spokesman for MySpace said the firm "proactively ensures that profiles of 14 and 15-year-olds are automatically made private so that users are protected from adults they don't already know in the offline world".

The company said in the future all of its users under 18 would have profiles set automatically to private.

Risk perception

More than a fifth of people in the UK aged 16 and over have an online profile, the Ofcom survey showed.

But the report revealed a "significant difference" between the perception of the risks and use of social networks between parents and children.

Parents who are allowing their children to go online without supervision and support... need to recognise that their children are potentially at risk
Robin Blake, Ofcom

"While people are aware of the status of their profile there is a general lack of awareness of the issues attached to them around privacy and safety," said Mr Thickett.

He added: "People put aside concerns about privacy and safety believing they have been taken care of by someone else."

Forty-one per cent of children had set their profile so that it was visible to anyone, according to the report.

But 16% of parents admitted they did not know if their child's profile could be seen or not by strangers.

"There is an issue about parenting," said Robin Blake, head of media literacy at Ofcom.

New friends

He added: "Parents who are allowing their children to go online without supervision and support... need to recognise that their children are potentially at risk."

According to the Ofcom report, almost 60% of children use social networking sites to make new friends, compared to 17% of adults who use the sites for the same purpose.


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While two-thirds of parents said they set rules for their children when using social networking sites, only 53% of children said that their parents had set such rules.

"Children are using these sites with a far lower awareness of some of the issues and rules that these sites entail," said Mr Thickett.

Ofcom called on social networks to improve the visibility of privacy settings.

Monitor guidelines

"The settings are not obvious to some people when using these sites," said Mr Blake.

He said Ofcom would be "monitoring and reviewing" the guidelines that social networks had drawn up in conjunction with the Home Office.

If your child is 14 or under, check whether you feel the site is appropriate
Set rules
Check your child's profile
Source: Ofcom

However, Ofcom admitted it had no legal authority over social networks and was not "regulating them".

Mr Blake said: "Ofcom's approach is very much to encourage industry to do the right thing."

Dr Rachel O'Connell, chief safety officer at Bebo, told BBC News: "We're working with the regulatory bodies. It's critical to our business that we adhere to these guidelines."

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