CAB* – Don’t Trust Links (IT Training Tip) 

When browsing the Internet or reading your email messages, always be cautious before clicking on links. With some links, you may not always end up where you are expecting! HackersSpammers, and individuals seeking to gain your information through Phishing may disguise links with a different web address (URL) that can lead you to someplace intended to capture your information (usernames, passwords, identity/personal information) with the intent of doing harm.

Remember these three simple words BEFORE you click on a link – “Hover to Discover!” Before clicking on a link, hover over it with your mouse and pay special attention to your web browser’s status bar1. When hovering your mouse over a link, the status bar will reveal the true URL you will be accessing by clicking on the link. Using the two examples below, the links look completely identical and by clicking on them should bring you to The Quad on the Bates website, but if you “Hover to Discover!” your browser’s status bar will reveal two different URL’s. By “Hovering to Discover!” on a link before clicking on it, you will be able to determine if the link is real or a trick.

“Hover to Discover!”
Real

quad.bates.edu
Clicking on the link will bring you to The Quad

Fake 
quad.bates.edu 
Clicking on the link will bring you to the IT Help Desk

1Generally, a web browser’s status bar is located on the bottom left of your web browser’s window.

If you are using Safari on the Macyou may need to reveal the status bar. To do so, launch Safari on your Mac. From the Safari menu, click on View, and then from the drop-downmenu, click on Show Status Bar.

Before clicking on a web or email link, always remember to “Hover to Discover!”

*CAB – Cyber Aware Bobcat

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