Facebook clickjacking moves to comments

If you’re a security-conscious person who pays attention to the latest online threats, then you almost certainly know about the dangers of clickjacking. You probably also know some of the most common ways to avoid clickjacking attacks. For instance, when you log on to Facebook, you don’t follow inflammatory links that promise pop culture oddities such as Jessica Alba naked or Justin Beiber yelling at a young fan. Instead, you bypass those links because you know they are exactly the types of headlines that clickjackers use to attract victims.

Unfortunately, your careful activities might not make you as safe as you think.

That’s because clickjackers have evolved. Once they  recognized that many Internet users had gotten wise to their plots, they switched up the game to find new victims. One of the latest strategies involves placing clickjacks in photo comments.

Here’s an example scenario:

You  just uploaded pictures from your vacation when you see that a friend has commented on one of your photos. You look at it only to find a message reading something like “great pic, check out mine!” You feel safe because the comment has come from a trusted friend. When you follow the link, though, you unleash a clickjacking attack that could infect your computer.

How do you protect yourself from these new attacks? It’s not entirely clear yet. There are, however, a couple of things that you can do to reduce the likelihood  that you’ll become a victim. If you see a comment that seems out of character for your friend, then don’t follow any of his or her links. Contact that friend to find out whether she actually posted the link. Instead of using Facebook, you should use that person’s actual email address. That way, you  can avoid the possibility that someone else has gained access to your friend’s Fb account and will simply reply to your query.

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