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Shocking news about CTRL+C

Updated on November 10, 2008

CTRL + C, CTRL +V

Do you use CTRL+C to copy & paste your user name and password to login to your online banking account?

Do you use CTRL+C to copy your confidential data and paste in another place?

Oops!!! Stop, READ this......

Keystrokes Ctrl+C is the most important keys that we do use everyday. But, do you know it is not a very safe thing to do when you are connected to internet. Read on to know why it is so.

What happens when you press Ctrl+C when you are online? We do copy various (confidential) data by using keystrokes Ctrl + C for pasting elsewhere. The copied data is stored in clipboard and is accessible from other sources by a combination of Javascripts and ASP. This is clipboard hack problem.

Not believing still....Let's experiment.....

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Copy any text using Ctrl + C

Step 3: You will see the text you copied was accessed by this web page.

Shocked???

DO NOT keep any type of sensitive data (like passwords, credit card numbers, CCV, 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.

Copied text can be stolen when you visit web sites using a combination of JavaScript and ASP (or PHP, or CGI) to write your possible sensitive data to a database on another server.

How Clipboard Hack is done?

The Clipboard hack can be done by the following Source Code:

<script language="JavaScript">

var content = clipboardData.getData("Text");

alert(content);

</script>

Good news on this!!! You can safeguard yourself from this problem.

How to safeguard yourself from Clipboard Hack Problem?

To avoid clipboard hack problem, do the following:

Step 1: Go to internet options->security.

Step 2: Press custom level.

Step 3: 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.

You can forward this to your friends so that you can make them aware of this security issue.

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      nytthy 6 years ago

      lots of thing happens at the back of application

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      Amol 8 years ago

      Amazing

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      4usuri 8 years ago from Bangalore

      Nice and useful comment

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      madhavisb 8 years ago from New Delhi

      Oh my god this is so scary. thanks for this information.

      Madhavi