Clicking is the primary way in which users navigate and interact with websites. You’ll have to click objects, such as links, to use websites. Unfortunately, this creates an inherent risk of clickjacking. You may think you are clicking a safe object, only to end up clicking a malicious object.

What Is Clickjacking?

Clickjacking is a cyber threat that involves an attacker tricking or deceiving a user into clicking a malicious object. It’s commonly used to deploy malware.

If you click a malicious object, you may unknowingly download malware, in which case your computer will become infected. While you can spot some malicious objects by investigating their destination URL, others may go unnoticed. Clickjacking, for instance, may trick you into clicking a malicious object. A link may appear legitimate, but clicking it may automatically download malware onto your computer.

How Clickjacking Works

There are different ways to execute clickjacking. Some attackers use iframes. An iframe is an embedded window of another website or web page. While iframes aren’t necessarily malicious, they can be used for malicious purposes, including clickjacking.

An attacker may create an iframe that contains a malicious object. if the iframe is positioned under a legitimate object, it may trick users into clicking it. Users may try to click the legitimate object, but with the iframe directly behind it, users may click the malicious object.

Protecting Against Clickjacking: What You Should Know

Make sure your computer has antivirus software installed on it. Clickjacking is often used to deploy malware. With antivirus software, your computer will be protected against viruses and other forms of malware.

You should use caution when clicking objects on websites. All forms of clickjacking require a user-initiated click. If you click a malicious object, you could become the victim of a cyber attack, such as a malware infection. You can still click objects on websites, but you should evaluate them beforehand. If an object looks suspicious — or if the website itself looks suspicious — you may want to avoid clicking it.

Keeping your web browser up to date will better protect you from clickjacking. Web browsers are designed to automatically detect and neutralize cyber threats. They won’t prevent all cyber threats from occurring, but they can prevent some of them from occurring. With an up-to-date web browser, you’ll have another layer of protection against clickjacking.