Browser Hijacking

by Mitch on 21/05/2007

Slashdot posted an interesting article about a guy who is being sued for publishing a commonly known workaround for the Javascript that disables the right clicking inside a website.

I’m no legal expert and wouldn’t be able to comment on the implications, but personally I find this kind of Javascript invasive to a persons home computer to take control of their browser. If questions must be raised, it should be as to why companies are still allowed effectively hijack controls on their users/customers computers.

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  1. 21/05/2007Kevin says:

    I’m not too clear on whether you are saying that the workaround is invasive or the actual JavaScript that disables the right click ability.

    I think there are two ways to look at the issue. Firstly, the disabling of the right click gives a webmaster at least some presumed security of their work by making it harder for people to take images or whole sections of code from the site.

    On the other hand, there are those people who believe everything on the net is public domain and by disabling the ability to look at and save code or download images is somehow a denial of their rights as Netizens.

    The interesting thing though, is that in Firefox, even with the right click disabled, you can still use it as it seems to be an IE-centric issue.

    I would be more concerned about software or code on web pages that changes your internet settings without even giving you a chance to say no.

  2. 21/05/2007Mitch says:

    I think that webmasters taking control of users browser is the invasive part, not users looking for ways to circumvent such invasions. I hate it when the right click is disabled, but this has never stopped me from getting what I wanted from a website.