“Mouse Over” - Explained

Often we receive emails that have a “link” to take us to a web page. Many times these “links” look real and safe. Many times they are not.


What the “link” says it is and where the “link” actually takes you are two completely different things.

For example: You receive an email from your Credit Card company. The email looks legitimate. It has the correct logos and colors. However, it wants you to do something. It wants you to click on a “link” for you to go somewhere and give further information or just read a helpful hint.

Q: How can you be sure it will take you to the Bank’s web page and not a hacker web page?
A: By knowing how to “mouse over” the link. Here’s what you do:

Above is an email example. It is asking us to click on the link: https://www.americanexpress.com/

Take your mouse and move it directly on the link BUT DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. Notice what just popped up on the screen! The actual web address you will go to IF YOU CLICK THE LINK. Notice AmericanExpress is not forumjawa.atwebpages.com/AE2muZF0/index.html !!! See the picture below.

Other times, you may be on a web site. Again, 'mouse over' the link - www.yourbank.com - Now look at the bottom left of your screen. In that location will be the web address the link will take you to IF YOU CLICK THE LINK. See the picture below and to the right.

If the web address looks odd or is really long or has many running characters and numbers, chances are it is NOT the Bank’s web page but instead a hacker page. On the other hand, if it looks legitimate, it most likely is. At least now, you have vastly improved your chances of only going to legitimate web pages. If still uncertain, do not click on the link.

This method works and it provides an insight to you in order for you to make a thoughtful and sound decision.

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