Be careful of what you have in the clipboard while surfing


If you’re one of those people that uses the clipboard a lot, particularly to copy usernames and sometimes passwords into signin pages on websites, then this is going to be a bit shocking:

If you click on the link above you should see your clipboard contents highlighted in yellow on the page.

Yes, a website can access the contents of the clipboard from JavaScript, this is the JavaScript code that the test site is using:

<Script Language=”JavaScript”>

    var content = clipboardData.getData(“Text”);

    if (content!=null) {





    else {

        document.write(‘<center>No text found in clipboard. This is a good thing!<br><br>Works with Internet Explorer and Netscape.’);



I emailed my concerns to the IE team so we’ll have to see if anything will be done for IE 7.


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