The Internet is full of hyperlinks

“click here to read this, click this button to win that!” 

 How do you know which ones are safe, and which ones could lead you down a dangerous path, stealing your data and possibly your identity?

First thing to do is a reality check – is it too good to be true?  Would an airline really be offering 15 free trips to anywhere in the world to everyone?  Sometimes these are easy to spot – they add a “Full Stop” somewhere in the domain name, or a zero instead of an “O”.  If it looks dodgy or unrealistic – don’t click.

If it looks okay, the golden rule is “hover before you click”.  Put your cursor over the link and it should show you the actual link that it is sending you to.  If this looks different to what they are suggesting – don’t click.

The difficulty comes with all those shortened links out there, they don’t always tell you where they are taking you.  There is a great website “getlinkinfo.com” where you can copy and paste these links in to find out first.  Another way is the enter the shortened link into your browser line adding a “+” on the end – this gives you information without taking you to the site.

HTTPS websites are safer than HTTP, as they encrypt any data sent to the website you can be pretty sure no hacker will see it.

 So think before you click – and stay safe on the Internet.

Think you may have clicked on a malicious link?  Call us on 313 3221 for help, or email info@canterburycomputers.co.nz