Suspicious links can be detrimental to your PC, tablet or smartphone when you click on them unaware and they turn out to be malicious. Malware, viruses and all kinds of phishing scams prey off victims who click on links unknowingly.
Now you may be thinking: “But I’ll never be as silly to click on a fishy looking link!”.
Nevertheless, sometimes it can be really hard to tell between harmless links and the malicious ones, especially when they are disguised to be from a friend or company you usually trust. And because sometimes links are shortened, or from an unsolicited email which may seem like it is from your bank or credit card, you are literally just one click away from being scammed.
Of course, the first thing you would want to do before actually clicking on a suspicious link is to check if it is safe to browse on.
BolehVPN will help you with three ways you can test links before clicking on them, just so you can be that much safer while surfing online!
One of the easiest and fastest ways to check your link before clicking them is to simply hover over the highlighted hyperlink. It will show the full URL’s link destination in the lower corner of your browser.
Go ahead and try hovering your cursor over HERE to uncover its true address!
Sometimes when an original link or URL is very long, you may come across the shortened version of it. There are plenty of services which shorten lengthy URLs such as Google’s URL Shortener, Bitly, TinyURL and Ow.ly.
So instead of seeing one very long URL like https://blog.bolehvpn.net/3-ways-to-test-links-before-clicking-on-them/, if the URL has been shortened, you may come across it as https://bit.ly/2MCt0PL, which both essentially lead to the same page.
Shortened links can be useful when you are limited to a number of characters or you want to make things look neat.
However, because shortened links by default do not show what address the full link is, it is hard to know what the true origin of the link is.
Sometimes hovering over a hyperlink or merely expanding the shortened link is not enough to tell if what the site contains is good or bad.
This is where link scanners come in handy. These are plenty of tools you can use to scan the link and check the online reputation and safety of a website in varying degrees. A couple you can try are: