Clickjacking becomes more widely known

Not only have dictionaries recently started vetting the word “clickjacking” to determine whether it is worthy of long term use, but the Oxford University Press recently included it in their 2010 Word of the Year shortlist. You can read the entire list at the OUP UK website.

This annual list of words always gets a lot of media attention. That means more people are likely to become familiar with the word “clickjacking” over the next few weeks. Hopefully they will also learn what the word means and  how to avoid becoming a victim.

Luckily, the OUP editors got the word’s definition spot on.

Knowing what a clickjack is, though, is not the same thing as knowing how to protect yourself from them. In fact, there isn’t always a great way to protect yourself from clickjacking, especially considering that Facebook and other social networking sites make it easy for hackers to spread these attacks throughout communities quickly. Some times you get hit by an attack before you even know it exists.

Internet security companies are working on solutions that will prevent clickjacking attacks, but it seems unlikely that Internet users will be completely safe any time in the near future. That’s because UI redressing, as clickjacking is known more formally, takes advantage of a flaw that is inherent in the way that the Internet works. Someone would have to radically redesign the Internet’s basic structure before they could prevent all clickjacking attacks. That seems a little unlikely.

In the meantime, you can use your head to keep an eye out for suspicious links. Also, install antivirus software to help ensure that clickjacks don’t install any malware on your computer.

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