Being on the internet can bring experiences that we all share, one such experience is the sketchy link. It may be through email, social media or a website, but you know you shouldn’t click on that link that says something like “I lol’d so hard when I looked at this [thisisthesuspiciouslink].”
How can you tell if a link is spam and will indeed send your PC to the 7th layer of hell (virus infection)? It’s not always easy, but here are some clues:
1. Check the link address by hovering the cursor over the link. If the address is suspicious looking or does not go where it says it’s going to go, then it is probably spam.
2. Put the link into a safety check service like URL Void that search online databases of corrupt links.
3. Google search the link and see if it pulls up spam or blocked sites.
4. Just don’t click it! Seriously, there is no value worth exploring an unknown link.
Common sense is one of the most powerful tools in combating online infections, viruses and baddies. If you get a message from someone who usually never messages you, and it is very uncharacteristic with a link in it, simply reply back to the person and ask them if they really sent the link.
Don’t click the link until you get a response back from the person that it is an OK destination. If you do not hear from the sender, it’s safe to assume that it is a terrible link that will cause zombification of your entire computer system! Or simply something awful like bloatware search bars that slow down the computer ridiculously and offer 0 value.