Clickjacking represents serious problem for some employers

Most employers worry about virus, trojans, and other types of malware that infiltrate their systems via emails. A recent survey, however, shows that employers might want to have their IT managers shift the focus from email to internet security risks. According to Panda Security, cybercriminals have been devoting more of their resources to clickjacking techniques rather than email scams.

Clickjacking uses an invisible frame that sits on top of an image or link. When you look at a web page that has been clickjacked, you will only see common images, buttons, and links. By and large, they look just like other websites. Actually, that’s the point because the criminals want to convince you that it’s perfectly safe to click on the pages. Unfortunately, when users click on certain elements, they click on invisible links that hover above the elements that they can actually see. Clicking on the invisible links can unleash troublesome malware.

Currently, social networking sites are the easiest ways for criminals to spread clickjacking attacks. In fact, clickjacks on Facebook have become so common that they are now referred to as likejacks. The criminals who use Facebook frequently use the site’s like button to lure in victims.

Why is this such a problem for employers?

The Panda Security survey shows that 77 percent of employees polled admitted to using company computers to access social networking sites. Perhaps even more disturbing is that 33 percent of the companies included in the survey were infected by malware distributed through clickjacks.

The easiest solution is for employers to block Facebook, Myspace, and similar sites. Businesses that rely on these sites to communicate with their customers, however, might not have this option. Instead, they should focus on educating employees about the dangers of clickjacking and ways that they can protect their computers while logged on to social networking sites. In addition, using reliable antivirus software and scanning your computers for harmful files regularly can improve performance and stop malware from causing problems.

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