Want to Avoid Likejacking?

Many of the most troublesome scams that have perpetrated Facebook lately use likejacking as a way to spread viruses. Likejacking is a type of clickjack attack that hides an invisible “like” button on top of another object on the web page. For instance, you might find a website with an embedded video player. When you click the play button, though, you unknowingly click a Facebook “like” button as well. This posts the like to your wall, which means that all of your friends can see your activity. If they follow the link and fall for the trick too, then the likejack posts on their wall too. This can go on and on until millions of people have been duped into liking things without even knowing it.

Using an enhanced internet security plug in like Guarded ID can help you avoid likejacking and other types of clickjack attacks. Some hackers, though, find ways to get around these plug ins.

Since you can’t completely trust your browser to tell you when you have encountered a clickjack attack, there is one simple way to prevent likejacking from affecting you: log out of Facebook when you visit other pages.

Many people stay logged on to Fb all day long. That’s a bad idea because it increases the likeliness that you will fall pray to a likejack attack. If you, however, encounter a likejacked object while logged off of Facebook, then it can’t spread through your wall post. This is just a simple idea that makes it impossible for likejacks to spread through your actions. So lay it safe by logging off before exploring content on non-Facebook sites.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on June 29, 2010.

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