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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 03:33 AM

A friend of mine has just been caught by a link purportedly from Skype which has stuffed up his computer so I thought now would be a good time to post this tip.

When you come across a link while in your browser, before you click on it just place your cursor on the link and have a look in the status bar at the bottom of the page. The full URL to where that link will take you will be shown there and it may be totally different to what you expect. If you see something which strikes you as suspicious, you can Google it for more info.

Most links will go where you expect them to, but the very occasional rogue site will show up there before you get caught by clicking on it.

I think this is a good habit to get into before you click on any link, and it only takes a split second to do.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 09:45 PM

Hope rowal5555 doesn't mind if I add to the excellent(and wise) tip.

If(when) you come across shortened links like, http://bit.ly/eYZYtd or http://tinyurl.com/696zhwx, then you can copy the link, go to http://longurl.org/, paste the copied link and see what the actual url is.

If you're using Firefox or Pale Moon(an optimized for windows version of Firefox) you might want to make use of one of these add-on(s):
Long URL Please Mod
Xpnd.it! short URL expander
If you're not using Firefox/Pale Moon, a good alternative would be the Long URL Please bookmarklet.

It's good to know where you're going.

#3 rowal5555

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:33 AM

Thanks for that very useful info, FlannelBack.

All posts are up for comment, the more the merrier.

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