Hover over LINKS to see the destination URL
IMPORTANT TIP - A clickable IMAGE is a LINK - the same as www.usi.edu is a LINK.
Hovering over a link will show you the destination web page. A link in a web site or email message may 'appear' to say www.paypay.com but actually take you to an entirely different site. YOU need to pay attention.
Practice 'Hover Over' with the links below.
What am "I" looking for when I display the URL?
When looking at a URL - pay the most attention to the part of the URL to the LEFT of the first slash
Good Example: www.microsoft.com/doesntmatter/deleteaccount.html
Bad Example: www.micro-soft.com/doesntmatter/deleteaccount.asp
Good Example: www.paypal.com/
Bad Example: www.paypa1.com/
Good Example: www.blackboard.com/yourclassinfo.asp
Bad Example: www.blackboard.com.ru/yourclassinfo.asp <-- Russian Domain
If an email has a link - does the DOMAIN (first part of the URL) match the DOMAIN of the FROM EMAIL Address? This doesn't always mean a link is bad - but
When in doubt - CALL the company ( IT, Amazon, Paypal, your Bank...) and check the validity of the email. But, DON'T use the phone number included in the email.
Banks and Credit Card Companies are commonly spoofed in Phishing Attempts