From the site Ask Bob Rankin: Is it Safe to Click That Link?


Bob Rankin from his popular site, “Ask Bob Rankin,”

Your mouse hovers over a link… but is there danger lurking behind that click? Do you know how to tell right away if a website (or link) is going to lead you into a world of hurt? A single click can lead to an unwanted download, a malware infection, stolen login credentials, ransomware, or identity theft. Here are some practical tips and tools you can use to click smarter…

Telltale Signs A Site May Be Dangerous

Raise your shields immediately if a website asks you to do something that seems unnecessary or out of the ordinary. You shouldn’t have to install a browser plug-in you’ve never heard of in order to view a site’s content. Registration of a username and password should never require a credit card, even if the site swears the card won’t be charged. A game or survey that asks where you bank, where you live, who your family members are, and other questions you would find impertinent from a stranger should set your alarms ringing.

If you see a message asking you to login and verify your account credentials (login, password, account number or social security number) be extra wary. Your bank or financial institution should never ask you for that information by email.

Unexpected email from strangers should always be approached cautiously. So should email that seems to be from someone you know (or a company you do business with) if it is “out of character” in timing, topic, or tone. If anything seems “off” about an email, approach it cautiously.

Do not click on any links in a suspicious email. Instead, hover your cursor over the link and right-click to reveal a drop-down menu. Select the option to “copy link address” without opening the Web page to which it links. Then go check out that URL (web page address). Continue reading…

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