Clickjacking is a malicious exploit in which user is lured to click on some clickable entity on the web page, which seems to be legitimate but the malicious code resides behind the clickable entity. Clickjacking is also known as User Interface redress attack, UI redress attack, UI redressing. The malicious code is executed without the user’s knowledge when he tends to click on some legit clickable entity on the web page.

A clickjacked web page consists of layers defined using iframe (to simplify, the single web page have other page residing in it). To make those layers invisible attackers set opacity to zero and the user is unaware about the malicious link or button resides behind the button that looks legit. The malicious code can be anything; it can hijack your cookies or delete all your messages from mail or make a transfer from bank account or download and install a malware.

 

Clickjacking is the the browser-based attack so it affects all the operation system. It can be done using javascript, iframe or HTTP headers. The clickjacked web page can be the spoofed version of legit website or it can be a short URL. Such links are sent to users using email, social media and trick the users into visiting those malicious links.

 

Tips to protect from clickjacking attack

Protection from clickjacking is majority a admin side responsibility, but as a user we also have to take necessary actions to avoid being victim.

 

  • Always check your browser for latest version and keep your browser updated. Always check for the latest version of installed plugins, especially flash and keep them updated.

 

  • Install NoScript add-ons for Mozilla Firefox browser. If the certain web page you are visiting that you have doubt then use NoScript. You can choose the web entity for which you can enable or disable NoScript. Similarly you can use ScriptSafe for Google Chrome browser.

 

  • Avoid visiting links from email and the link that are viral on social media. You can also become the victim of phishing attack by clicking on such non-recognized links.

 

 

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