You Just Got Likejacked

Are you familiar with clickjacking?

Clickjacking is a method of tricking internet users into allowing applications without their knowledge. Hackers create invisible frames that sit on top of the pages you see when using the internet. When you click on a button or link, you actually click on something that you can’t even see. This allows the hackers to release all manner of malware, sign you up to follow Twitter accounts, order things from online retailers, and even turn on your webcam.

Welcome to the latest development in clickjacking: likejacking.

Hey, I didn’t make any of these terms up. To me “likejacking” sounds like a word for what a guy does when he forms a particularly strong attraction to a specific adult actress or actor.

What it actually is, however, is a clickjack that hides on top of a Facebook “like” button.

This problem has become increasingly prevalent. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to avoid as long as you’re willing to stay educated and pay attention to what you’re doing online.

Facebook is more secure than a lot of people give it credit for. Yeah, there are a fair number of hoaxes, but there are millions of people on Facebook. Saying that you avoid Facebook because your afraid that it will give your computer a virus is like saying that you won’t visit NYC because you’re afraid someone will murder you.

Buck up, buddy. It isn’t all THAT bad.

Here’s the deal with likejacking: Facebook has made it extremely difficult for someone to hijack their actual pages and force them to install applications, viruses, what-have-you. It’s especially difficult for things to happen without asking your permission first.

Likejacking only happens on non-Fb sites. If you click a link that takes you off of Facebook, then you’re on your own. That’s like walking down a dark alley with an overly stuffed wallet in your hand.

You can avoid likejacks by staying on Facebook, refusing to click on dubious links that take you off the network, and only “liking” things that you actually like. If you go clicking on every little link online, then you’re gonna get jacked.

Keep your wits about you, though, and you’re going to be just fine.


~ by facebookhoaxes on June 11, 2010.

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