I recently came across the term “tabnabbing”.
In short, tabnabbing is a phishing attack that manipulates web pages. It can be harmful to both your website (and its reputation) and your visitors alike.
Naturally, I wanted to learn more about how we, as website owners, can help safeguard our visitors. So I did a little digging …
In this short article, I’ll be explaining what tabnabbing is in more detail, and what you can do to mitigate it.
What is Tabnabbing Anyway?
Tabnabbing is a phishing attack that may occur when a site visitor clicks on a link that opens in a new tab or window. This action allows hackers the opportunity to place a redirect to a duplicate site that is totally in their control.
What’s the Point of Tabnabbing?
The objective here is pretty simple. The criminal hacker will link visitors to a duplicate site in the hope of getting access to login details and other sensitive information.
For obvious reasons, this can be very dangerous.
What Can You Do to Prevent Tabnabbing?
As site visitors, preventing tabnabbing is difficult since it rarely results from a victim clicking a link that seems suspicious. However, as a website creator, there are a few things you can look out for.
First and foremost, always make sure that your external links are pointing towards reputable sources. Second, links to external sites that open in a new tab should generally always have a
rel="noopener" attribute. This makes the new tab’s
rel="noreferrer" to a link instructs the browser not to tell the new tab’s website server what page the visitor has come from, by omitting the
A Note About Affiliate Links
We’ve reached out to a number of affiliate platforms to confirm whether or not the
rel="noreferrer" attribute would affect tracking. Here’s what we were told:
[Affiliate links with this attribute will be] impacted when using the pro add-on Direct Link Tracking since it relies on the referring URL to be supplied to credit the credit affiliate. Otherwise cookies should still be able to be added to the visitor’s browser, which is how the affiliate_id is tracked across the site and
This article was written by Gabriella Galea and originally published on WP Mayor.