How to Tell a Malicious In-Email Link from a Good One

Updated 03/10/2017


Last night during a holiday networking event,  I ran into a colleague who said that it’s ironic that we, Consilien, send emails warning about phishing emails with malicious links, then request that you click the link in our email to “read more”. Indeed, let’s handle this issue right away.

Here’s what you must know:

Below are two links. When you hover over a link, you will see the actual link address.

  • If you're on your desktop or laptop, this address may appear directly over the address or it may appear on the bottom of your screen.
  • If you're on a smart phone you'll need to press and hold the link. In the dialogue box that says "Open" "Copy" etc... you'll see the actual link address)

Hover over the first link and you'll see that the link address is the same:

Hover over the second link, and it points to somewhere else:

Hackers are counting on you being too busy to notice, (FYI, FOX News reported today that an unclassified email server used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff was hacked in August 2015, using, you guessed it, a phishing email).

Another characteristic of phishing emails is that they request sensitive information, such as account numbers or passwords.

Hope this helps.


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