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How do you test if a link is good?

By benken2202001 ยท 8 replies
Jun 7, 2012
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  1. Lets say you get an email link that you think is suspect, but you still want to click it. How would you go about testing its validity without compromising your machine?
  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

  3. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    Install the WOT addon for your browser. No AV can match it.
  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Well the best way is to not click any links from people you don't know in the first place.
  5. ReviverSoft

    ReviverSoft TS Rookie Posts: 16

    If you have a good "Internet Security" program/suite installed, it should auto deny access to the page.
    Alternatively, you may scan it using McAfee's SiteAdvisor, Norton SafeWeb, Trend Micro's Site Safety and other similar sites.
    I wouldn't trust WOT simply because it is unreliable and community driven. A bunch of flaky ratings or spamming can offset the safety rating it offers for a site, irrespective of how safe it is.
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,290   +373

    I agree. I've been using WOT for several years now & found it better than site advisor.
  7. alen9331

    alen9331 TS Rookie

    I prefer Mcafee's Siteadvisor, just like a toolbar for browser,and could tell me which link is dangerous to click.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,290   +373

    I receive computer newsletters from a well known individual who used to use site advisor & said it was the best in the newsletter.
    I could tell it was not a good product because my WOT would show angry red wot circles where the links were. I sent the person emails urging the person to use WOT. Long story short, evidently others griped too because I haven't seen a angry red wot circle in the newsletters for some time now. The person that sends the newsletter has since acknowledged wot as being a better addon. Takes up NO space on a browser & keeps you safe.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Personally, I use SAVE AS to store the message to disk and then use NOTEPAD to open it
    for inspection (ie: no scripts can run within notepad). Now I can see ALL the headers,
    where the message originated from and the sites that were used to get the message to me.

    HOWEVER, this requires that you understand the email headers as well as the mime/type
    encoding of the message body - - clearly non-trivial.

    The origin of the message is one of the most important clues; If it looks like an anonymous
    user id, then DO NOT TRUST the email links

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