Unfortunately, it is quite common to find malware on the internet. Not to mention totally insecure websites either because they try to direct us to other phishing sites or because we will download a virus. That is why it is essential know if a link is safe using the web browser.
We do not need to download any tools. We can check if a link is secure using the web browser. How can we do it? We are going to see three methods a little further down.
How to check if a link is secure?
Although there are a few tools to verify if the links are safe. We can also do it from the same browser without having to download anything at all. This is something that we will see a little more below.
When using the web browser we can use various methods to analyze all the links before visiting them. These methods are quick to use and fairly easy so it won’t take too long to analyze every link we visit.
Hover your mouse over the links
Without clicking, we pass the mouse cursor over the link and in the lower left part of the browser we will be able to see the address where said link points. In this way we can be clear to which website this link will direct us.
Obviously our ability comes into play here. Is the site secure? What awaits me after clicking? Many times we find strange links, with URLs that are too long or from one site that ends up taking us to another unnecessarily. When the logic cannot be applied, then please do not click on said link.
Use the “Inspect” menu
All web browsers include the option to “Inspect”. There may be a difference in the name, but the function is the same. In Chrome and Edge it is called “Inspect” while in Firefox it is called “Inspect Element”.
To view this menu, simply right-click on the link and then select “Inspect” from the pop-up menu. A panel will appear with its full URL. We can get interesting data such as if the address uses valid server certificate or not, etc.
Use link scanning services
Another way to make sure a link is secure is to use link scanning web services. There are several on the net. However, the ones we recommend are the following:
Kaspersky VirusDesk: practically when it comes to any kind of Kaspersky product, you can be sure that a thorough job will be done trying to find any kind of malware. VirusDesk is a great way to check that the links are safe, the only bad thing is that you need to be registered.
Total Virus: known for many years, it is a service that allows us to analyze not only suspicious URL addresses, but also allows us to analyze small files. We can upload a compressed or .exe file and analyze it carefully before executing it on our computer.
PhishTank: it is a service that does not search for malware, but for websites that try to steal information, phishing sites. Once you enter the URL in PhishTank’s search box, you will be able to see if the link is secure.
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