Is IE8 protecting you from clickjackers?

When Internet Explorer 8 was released, it promised to contain security features that would protect users from clickjacking attacks. It is certainly helpful that Microsoft included some protection from clickjackers in IE8, but many security specialists have learned that the strategies are not completely effective.

In fact, IE8’s clickjack protection relies on the efforts of webmasters to secure their pages with special tags that create errors when clickjacking strategies are used. That means webmasters would not only have to go through the trouble of including tags in every page that they create, but also the millions of pages that already exist on the internet. There is basically no way that that’s going to happen.

Internet users, however, don’t have any foolproof ways to protect themselves. Many security specialists believe that a combination of Firefox and NoScript offers the best protection. Even that dynamic duo has its faults. In fact, every browser is susceptible to some version of clickjacking. If you want absolute safety, then you’d better not use the web at all.

If, however, you are willing to take a slight risk,  then you can use an updated web browser, frequently scan your system for malware, and pay attention to every link that you click. The best defense so far is common sense and skepticism. Using those tools, you can limit the amount of clickjacking strategies that you are exposed to.

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