How to Detect Malicious Links Before You Click Them

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phishingInnocent Web Surfer’s Personal Information Stolen by Hackers by tricking them into clicking a seemingly genuine link – Does it sound like I’m talking about you? If yes, continue reading to know how you can avoid such things from happening in the future. Those who answer no, continue reading, too to learn how to be cautious when you want to click on a link.

Careful with the emails in your Inbox

The first place to watch out for these links is your email Inbox. A majority of such links are transported through emails which are disguised as genuine offers. Read the subject of emails from unfamiliar contacts before you open them. Most of such emails have attractive offers that are tempting. If you don’t trust the source, send it to the Trash box right away.

Beware before clicking any unknown links

When surfing the websites, you might have come across ads saying that you could win a smart phone by taking part in their survey. It’s been found that 90% of such ads are malicious. Just think who on earth would gift you a smart phone just for providing some information? The hackers hide the links under the ads to make you click on them. You would feel like, what’s going to happen by just going to the website, I am not going to make any deal with them after all. But Beware!

Block Pop-up Ads

Block pop-up ads using the pop-up blocker in your browser. It is one of the effective ways to stay away from malicious links. How will you click on them when you don’t even see them in your browser? You can block all the pop-ups without a second thought if you aren’t interested in reading the ads. When you’re on a genuine site, you may unblock pop-ups.

You Can Use Free Services To Check Malicious Links

There are services like PhishTank which gives you information about malicious websites. If you suspect that a link could be malicious, you can use their service to find out if it has been reported as malicious in the past. There is another trick called Clickjacking followed by hackers to make people click on their links. These links are hidden beneath buttons and other objects in the window. Attempting to close those windows by clicking on the X button will take you to a website where hackers are in ambush. If you don’t find such ads to be true, don’t even try to close them, just open a new tab and go to another website which is clean of such malicious links.

Other ways To Find Out Malicious Links

There is another good way to find out malicious links. Right click on the hyperlink and copy the link address from the menu that appears. Paste the link in a notepad. Check it against the links provided by the genuine service for any spelling mismatches. There are a good number of hacking sites which have names close to the website names of genuine service providers. Some special characters like hyphen are also inserted in between the website URL s to duplicate website names.

Google the website URL with words like scam and review. The results will tell you if the website has been reported as malicious by someone. However, this is not a very effective method. If no one has reported or reviewed the website, you can’t come to know about it. For maximum protection, remember what you were taught when you were a child – don’t talk to strangers. This is the most effective method to prevent yourself from clicking on malicious links.

About the Author:This is a guest post by Jake Anderson of fastinternetdeals.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Uverse, as well as at&t services.

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+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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