How To Know If a Link Is Safe To Open Or Not

It is a common scenario nowadays to receive mails from unknown senders or marketing mails. Everything on the internet requires an email to sign up and you don’t know which website sells your data. This sold data ends up in the hands of spammers/scammers who try to entice users with exciting offers.

Some of these mails contains some too good to be true message with suspicious links.The links will claim to give you some huge rewards with some big tech companies name to entice users. These links will redirect you to malicious webpages where clickjacking techniques are used to trick users to click on links.

Clickjacking attack is a malicious technique of tricking a user into clicking on something different from what the user perceives

Despite the numerous security employed by tech giants, clickjacking is still rampant with the aim of stealing user information like passwords, financial information, or highjack their computer.

There are numerous ways to check if a link or webpage is malicious without opening it. Opening a page full of virus can infect your system giving the hackers control over your computer. This can lead to blackmail and ransomware.

Sites For Scanning Suspicious Or Malicious URL/Links

Virustotal

virustotal

Virustotal is a very popular website for scanning any file or Links/domain. You can scan URLs and file all for free. The results will give you the summary, the programs detected, outgoing links, and a comment section. Virustotal is easy to use and doesn’t require any expertise.

GetAstra URL Scanner

GetAstra allows you to scan a website for blacklisting, general security checks, SEO spam, and many more. The site offers a free as well as paid plans for a comprehensive security audit.

Quttera URL Scanner

Quttera

Quttera allows you to scan a website for generic malwares, malvertising, and traffic redirects. You only need to input the site link and wait for some minutes to scan the url.

SUCURI URL SCANNER 

Sucuri is a popular website for many WordPress blog owners. They offer security tips and also have their plugin that safeguards your blog from hacks. They offer a sitecheck that scans a url for known malware, viruses, blacklisting status, website errors, out of date software, and malicious codes.

LINK SHORTNERS SCANNER 

Most users use link shorteners to hide malicious sites. You can use checkshorturl to expand such links and check if they truly redirect to where they should. This will prevent you from clickjacking.

You should use the above methods when you suspect any link. Never open any suspicious link because it might install malware into your computer.

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One thought on “How To Know If a Link Is Safe To Open Or Not

  • August 22, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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    Thanks for this wonderful information bud.

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