Recognizing Likejacks

Likejacking has gotten a lot of attention lately. Not only from internet security blogs like this one, but also from major news outlets. When it comes to likejacked links on Facebook, there are plenty of things to worry about. These links could harbor malicious codes that will install keyloggers, adware, viruses, and other types of malware. The worst case scenario is that a hacker will get the information needed to steal your information and run up huge debts in your name. That could take you years and thousands of dollars to correct. Most of the recent likejack cases, however, don’t have such extreme effects. They’re annoying, but that’s about it. Of course, you never know what a likejacked link is going to do, so potentially every single one is the most dangerous on the internet.

So, how do you protect yourself from likejack attacks. There are some plug ins like No Script that can help you identify clickjacked links, but currently the best way is simply to pay attention to what you’re doing online. You’ll notice that when your mouse cursor hovers above a Facebook link (or any link for that matter), the target URL pops up at the bottom of your browser. This tells you where the link goes. If the link is directed at a web page that begins with “facebook.com,” then you can be almost 100 percent certain that it is safe. If the link goes elsewhere and takes you away from Facebook, then you could be heading into a trap. Pay close attention and only make sure that you follow links that you know are safe. Otherwise, you could accidentally infect your computer with malicious software.

Plus, likejacks spread quickly throughout social networks, so you could be encouraging your  friends to fall for the same trick.

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