Phishing Vulnerability Of Links Opening In A New Window

September 3, 2016 Maria C. Lima

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).

Maria C. Lima

Maria C. Lima

Maria is an esteemed and celebrated independent web developer based in New York City. Her design and development work show tremendous passion and insight, which she brings to all of her clients and projects with love, professionalism, and an esteemed work ethic admired by all who partner with Maria.