How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

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How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

Post by Dr Jay on Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:25 pm

How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

Many antivirus solutions currently can monitor suspicious links and help block against issues. However, there are still he chances of protection issues should you be able to click anyway. Sometimes, antivirus software is not able to detect suspicious links.

Common handles for suspicious links (social engineering)

    -Funny videos
    -Shocking videos
    -Shocking news stories
    -'Awesome' deals


Tips to tell the difference between a legitimate links versus illegitimate link

Hovering over a link can tell you quite a story without having to click on it.

If you hover over a link before clicking on it, you can see where it leads in the lower corner of your browser window.

Hover over each of these links to see how a link can be masked:

www.freerolexwatches.com
Click here for free money

As you can see, they will lead to GeekPolice.net (our site), but you thought they were going to lead to the site/issue as described.

Additionally, it is good to use a browser plugin that will assist you in checking websites before going to them, or will alert you that a website is bad.

Web of Trust: http://www.mywot.com
URLVoid: http://www.urlvoid.com
Norton SafeWeb: http://safeweb.norton.com/


What about shortened links?

Use Sucuri shortened link checking service: http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/


By using these services, you should be able to detect link issues easily.

However, if this is too complicated, feel free to buy antivirus software that can automatically scan and block all kinds of links and protect your computer without hassle.

Please feel free to get a good review of antivirus software here: http://www.cheetahmarket.us/antivirus-software.html

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Re: How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

Post by Blues1 on Tue May 01, 2012 12:38 pm

I have got an old laptop with a cv on it i need and i have forgot username and password can u help me please.

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Re: How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

Post by Buttons on Thu May 03, 2012 8:06 pm

Welcome to GeekPolice! Smile

Please start a new topic here.


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Re: How to Tell If a Link is Safe (without clicking)

Post by Countryside on Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:19 pm

As far as links being safe I have been using Web of Trust Safe browsing utility. As far as advising about a link this utility applies when using a search engine such as Google. In the search results it will rate the safety of each search result link: Green circle = safe, yellow circle = be careful, red circle = keep away. This utility will also warn you if you attempt to go to a site that has been rated as unsafe. This, combined with Avasts' webshield has really come in handy many times.

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