University of Southern Indiana

Phishing Tip #6

Hover over LINKS to see the destination URL

IMPORTANT TIP - A clickable IMAGE is a LINK - the same as 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 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:

Bad Example:

Good Example:

Bad Example:

Good Example:

Bad Example:  <-- 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

  • If you receive a communication from a bank or credit card company, call them back at the number on the back of your ATM/debit/credit card.
  • If the email references YOUR account - but doesn't reference your account by any part of the account number - suspicious.

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