By Kristen Evangelista

You are probably trying to imagine what this is, does this mean someone is trying to steal my car, something else? The answer is partially yes, someone is trying to steal something. This is when a spammer/attacker/phisher tricks you into clicking on something you didn’t intend to click on. The most common approach is when the attacker presents the user with a mix of two overlaid web pages in the browser window and some kind of incentive to click in specified places. This is just one of a number of ways that you can be hacked through email.

They can trick you by sending you to an ad or rogue website, and then switch out certain elements when you go to click on something.

The scammers continue to get more clever and can use such methods as:

  • Using a brown/black dot that appears like dust on the screen
  • Using a brown/black curve object that looks like hair on the screen
  • User tries to wipe away dust or hair on the screen and activates the link

Be aware that touch screens open a whole new world of attacks that scammers can now use to try and trick you. Keep in mind that a piece of dust on the computer screen may not really be dust or hair. Continue to educate yourself so that you are aware.

There are multiple reasons/motivations for clickjacking attacks:

  • Getting users to download malware
  • Gaining control over a computer or mobile device
  • Gaining access to peripheral hardware
  • Getting users to post/like/publish/follow pages, groups, etc. on social media platforms without the person’s knowledge

So how can you prevent clickjacking attacks so that you do not lose money, customers or brand value? Ensure your web applications are secure from vulnerabilities from third parties by using a Web Application Firewall such as AppTrana or use an automated web security scanner like Tinfoil. You can also do periodic security assessments of your websites to know about the risks in your applications and suggestions on how to fix them.

Keep in mind that clickjacking is about deceiving the user and exploiting their trust in what they see in the browser window. As most web browsing traffic now occurs on mobile devices, the potential for creating misleading user interfaces has increased and just protecting traditional web browser access will not be enough. The challenges for users continue and it is up to us to continue to be diligent and aware.


Kristen Evangelista

With multiple years of experience in customer service across many industries, Kristen brings her upbeat and positive attitude to the Network 1 team. She is dedicated to meeting clients’ needs so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.

kevangelista@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7640

Network 1 Consulting is a 21-year-old IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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