Clipboard Hack Problem – Shocking news about CTRL+C

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Internet, System Information

Clipboard Hack Problem – Shocking news about CTRL+C

If you are a computer guy you might be a big fan of Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V as me was some times before. But Thanks to GOD, now I am very well aware of the serious drawbacks of this Cut, Copy, Paste. And I do take special precautions while doing this and you also follow the same please. Especially when you are connected to internet, don’t forget mine this article.
Ctrl+C may be the most important work we do everyday. But it’s not a very safe thing to do. What happens when we press Ctrl+C while we are online? We do copy various data by Ctrl+C for pasting elsewhere. This copied data is stored inclipboard and is accessible from the net by a combination of javascripts and php. This is calledclipboard hack problem.

Just try this:
Copy any text by Ctrl+C.
Click on the link Clipboard Hack
You will see the text you copied was accessed by this web page.
I know you are because at first glance, I was also surprised to see it.

Do not keep sensitive data (like passwords, credit card numbers, PIN etc.) in the clipboard while surfing the web.
It is extremely easy to extract the text stored in the clipboard to steal your sensitive information. Share this article with as many friends as u can, to save them from online frauds.

It is true; text you last copied for pasting (copy & paste) can be stolen when you visit websites using a combination of Javascript and asp (or php, or cgi, or any server-side scripting language) to write your possible sensitive data to a database on another server.

How to safeguard yourself from Clipboard HackProblem?
To avoid clipboard hack problem, do the following:

Go to Internet Options-> Security
Press Custom Level
In the Security settings, select disable under Allow paste operations via script.
Now the contents of your clipboard are safe.

Interestingly, this hack works only on Internet Explorer, and not on Mozilla Firefox browser.

Its true by following above procedure, you can avoid clipboard Hacking. But then also I would rather say ‘Prevention is better than cure’.

Please share this article with as many friends as you can to make them aware of this issue with CTRL+C.


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