Malicious links

08 Oct 2018

Stop and think before you click!

Inspect a link before clicking and get in the habit of hovering – use a desktop computer to hover your mouse curser over the link before clicking it. This will show you the address the link is trying to take you to. Check for anything unexpected in the address e.g. extra numbers or letters and if the link is genuinely what it said in the text.

If you received the link on mobile phone, then wait until you can check it using a desktop to confirm its legitimacy.

You can always use a website like to check if the link is malicious. Find out more about malicious links here: Identify malicious URLs

Take a look at our guidance on: Click Wisely