Phishing Vulnerability Of Links Opening In A New Window

The following phishing vulnerability is not well known, and should receive your full attention. To open a link in a new window, we add the attribute target=”_blank” to the anchor tag (<a>). Unfortunately, this approach turns the site vulnerable to phishing. In order to prevent this issue, we should add the attribute rel=”noopener noreferrer” to the anchor tag. Although this solution works in most browsers, it won’t work in Safari. If you have questions, please consult your web developer or contact me at

Adding rel=”noopener noreferrer” to your links has no impact on SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

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Maria C. Lima

Maria C. Lima has spent the past 10 years studying web development and becoming a sought-after independent technology innovator in New York City. She now runs MCL Interactive, her own NYC design and technology firm, where she prides herself in providing creative web solutions for savvy entrepreneurs. She helps bring their vision to life in a beautiful and functional web presence. Her goal is to take care of all the techy stuff so that they can do what they love and work on growing their businesses. You can find her on Twitter (@mclinteractive) or on Facebook ( Read more

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