A  Simple Tip to Keep You Safe: Hover Over Links Before You Click Them

By | July 3, 2023
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A  Simple Tip to Keep You Safe: Hover Over Links Before You Click Them

One of the tricks miscreants use is to disguise links, either with an image or a text link that looks safe but isn’t. We have written dozens (maybe hundreds of times) that it’s really important that you think before you click.

One of the things you need to think about is counterfeit links. Those are links that look safe or text that disguises the true destination of the link. By hovering over a link, you can see the real deal – the real link – uncloaked and not disguised. And you’ll know in an instant if the link goes somewhere you don’t want to go.

But we have learned when some folks hover over links, they don’t see the “real” URL because they don’t know where to look. We were remiss and forgot to tell people where to look to see the real URL. So we’re going to show you right now.

How to reveal the true destination of a link

To make sure that everyone knows how to reveal the true URL  (web address) by hovering over any link, we made the animation below. You can watch as the mouse pointer hovers over the link and how the actual URL is displayed at the bottom left. You can see in an instant that the link that appears will take you to Microsoft Support will not take you to Microsoft Support… but to https://www.thundercloud.net/infoave/new

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In this case, the destination of the counterfeit link led to a safe site (ours). But it could have just as well lead you to a fake site that looked like Microsoft support but would have led you into a very expensive tech support scam — or a hive of malware.

The true destination of a link (either a text or image link) will always show at the bottom left corner of your browser when you hover over it. This works in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and most other browsers.


This is a fundamental tip that can help you stay safe on the Web. And remember – always think before you click. You’ll serve yourself a lot of grief if you do.

8 thoughts on “A  Simple Tip to Keep You Safe: Hover Over Links Before You Click Them

  1. Reta Aronson

    Thank you and the two of you are terrific and have followed you help and guidance for a long time. Take care as it is crazy out there from every angle.
    Reta Aronson

    1. infoave Post author

      Exactly. The point of the article was the miscreants can make a link look like it leads to a safe site when in fact it leads to another site. In our example it looked like it would go to Microsoft yet led to Thundercloud.net, but it could very well led to a malware download, a phishing site, etc.

  2. Gail Bartley

    Thank you so much for this much-needed and excellent tip!



    Hey folks,
    As others have said, an excellent tip: quick, efficient, easy-to-use, and very worthwhile for security and scam alerting.

    Excellently presented too: short, sweet, succinct, straightforward and the mini-video is icing on the cake.

    Well done folks !

  4. Larry Hubble

    I think you guys taught us this tip years ago, and I have been using it ever since. It has never failed me yet! Listen to the man, and THINK and LOOK before you click on those URL’s. You will be glad you did. And never, ever open a link that you do not recognize, or are not expecting an email from.


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