Security Tips – Hovering Over Links
By Jonathon Bishop, Security Analyst
How can you tell if an email contains harmful viruses? Typos, poor grammar, urgent messages or even a spoofed domain are common red flags, but the most critical tell-tale sign of a phishing email: a mismatched or fake URL.
Why is hovering important? What can it do for you?
Hovering over a link not only allows you a moment to think before proceeding, it allows you the opportunity to see where it takes you. When you hover, check for the following to ensure you’re staying safe and secure:
- If the email appears to come from a company, does the link match the website of the purported sender?
- Does the link include a misspelling of a well-known website (i.e., Amazone vs. Amazon)?
- Does the link redirect to a suspicious external domain that was created to look like it’s a legitimate one (i.e., microsoft-support.com rather than microsoft.com)?
- Does the hover link URL’s match the source of the email?
- Do you recognize the link’s address or expect to receive the link?
- Did you receive a blank email with long hyperlinks and no further information or context?
If you receive a suspicious email, do not click links, open attachments or even reply. If everything seems okay, but you’re still not sure–verify! Ask your IT or leadership teams if the email is legitimate before proceeding.
For more information, please contact the IT Department at 1-800-264-5499 x 512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.