Why Click Jacking Is Still A Serious Problem And Why Social Media Sites Are Making It Worse

There are a lot of security holes that you hear about on web sites but, usually, when the public is aware of the problem it goes away.

Well, it does not so much go away as much as the problem lessens.

There are always going to be people who are vulnerable to a particular exploit.

The job of a security researcher is to make sure that the majority of people out there are protected from the exploit.

It is not possible to get to 100% of the people who might be vulnerable.

The one attack that does not seem to be going away is the click jacking attack.

This attack is still rearing its ugly head and for many reasons.

I will take the time and show you why this particular attack is still popular with black hat hackers.

Also, I will show you how social media web sites are contributing to the problem when it comes to click jacking attacks.

So take a look at this article and make sure that you learn something at the end of it.

This way you will not be one of the victims that are out there when it comes to this form of attack.

click jacking and social media

click jacking and social media

What Is A Click Jacking Attack?

A click jacking attack is a pretty easy attack to wrap your head around.

While the attack is technical in nature, it does not take the expansive technical expertise that many other similar web attacks may take and that is what makes the attack so wide spread.

You are able to perform the attack pretty easily.

The code of the attack is not the problem; having the social skills to be able to trick people is.

The point of a click jacking attack is to get a person to click on a part of the web page that seems innocent.

Once they click on that part of the web page, it is actually a gateway to something more sinister.

The click will either take you to somewhere that you do not want to go to or the click will have an invisible object over the top of the object you wanted to click.

The invisible button makes you click something that you did not expect to click on.

Either way, you now have a serious problem because you are now caught up in the attack.

If you are lucky, they will just make you click on an ad that you do not see so that they can collect the money.

If you are not lucky then they will make you click on a link that will cause you to install something that is not so nice on your computer.

So now that you know what a click jacking attack is, let’s see how social media web sites make the problem worse and how you can avoid the problem all together.

That is the best thing that you can do.

Once you learn how to avoid the problem, you will be a person who is that much safer when they are surfing the web.

Why Are Social Media Web Sites Making The Click Jacking Problem Worse?

The question that we have before us is why would social media web sites make the click jacking problem worse?

There is an easy answer for that.

When we use social media web sites, we usually set it up to communicate with a bunch of people that we know.

If we do not know them, then they are usually people that we are interested in hearing from.

Once we have our profile set for a while, we then start to establish our circle of trust.

For a site like Twitter, it is the people that we follow and for a site like Facebook it might be our friends and family.

Now that we have that circle of trust set up, if they send any links down the pipe we will not question the link when we see it.

It is the same principle when we are on a web site that we trust – we will click on a link from that web site because we trust it.

With a social media web site, we might see dozens of web links from the people that we follow per day.

That means there are a bunch of links that have the potential to send us to a web site that will set us up for a click jacking attack.

When we get to the site, we might believe that we are clicking on one thing but in reality we are clicking on something different.

This is all because we were not careful with the links that we were clicking.

What makes it worse is the fact that a lot of social media web sites users use the URL shortened technology to makes the links smaller in size.

Now we really cannot see where we are going.

That is a lot of trust that we are giving to these people in our circle.

As you see click jacking can be a real problem on a social media web site.

To avoid this problem, make sure that you take a look at the link itself before you click on it and if you do click on it, make sure that the browser you are using is up to date to stop any malicious attacks and pop ups.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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