Example of a valid link.
By Meiren Park, IT Communications Intern
You get a lot of links thrown at you everyday, from various sources: email, texts, Twitter, websites and so on. Viruses and malware can enter your computer just by clicking on it. Play it safe by checking the link before you click on it.
You can check a link by hovering over it with your cursor. Look at the bottom left of your screen to see whether the link is legit or not. A legitimate link won’t have a long string of letters and numbers–it’ll just be the same URL as the link you’re about to click on. For example, if the link says “www.google.com,” that same link should appear on the bottom left of your screen. In the example above from the New York Times, the cursor was placed over an image and the image’s link appeared on the lower left.
If you’re not sure whether a link is good or not, call IT Customer Care to report it.
Don’t fall victim to a malicious attack. Be careful before you check out the newest link you find on your feed! Read more about this on our web page, Spam and Phishing.
Image: “New York Film Festival Offers Quiet Treasures and a Little Jazz,” New York Times, October 7, 2015.
This is malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on May 16th, 2010. Please DO NOT open this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk directly at 718 817-3999 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
05/16/2011 06:55 AM
Subject ACH transfer rejected
The ACH transfer (ID: 702222428851), recently sent from your bank account (by you or any other person), was canceled by the other financial institution.
Transaction ID: 702222428851
Reason of rejection See details in the report below
Transaction Report report_702222428851.pdf.exe (self-extracting archive, Adobe PDF)
13450 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 100 Herndon, VA 20171 (703) 561-1100
2011 NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association
This is malicious email that has been reported. This message was received on September 9th, 2010. Please DO NOT open this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact the University Help Desk directly at 718 817-3999 or via email: email@example.com.
For more information refer to the following link:
This is a malicious site that will download and install a virus on your machine.
*** DO NOT CLICK THE LINK! ***
This is The Document I told you about,you can find it Here.hxxp://www.sharedocuments.com/library/**************.pdf
Please check it and reply as soon as possible.
The link above directs you to the site: hxxp://members.multimania.co.uk/yahoophoto/*************.scr