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Clicking Items In Emails

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Clicking Items In Emails

Can you really trust the sender's name and the links within the Emails you receive ?

Basically no, therefore any Emails you receive regarding online accounts you have, you should always go to the online application and deal with the proposed issue. To minimise your risk to your data and credentials, it is best not to click on the links supplied in any Email.

You can verify the link contained in the Email by hoovering over it with the cursor, this will display the actual URL that will be processed if clicked. However, it will need to be carefully checked, as it will be made to look very similar to the actual URL you may expect. This can be done by changing a couple of the characters with numbers, and therefore in certain cases unless it is looked at very carefully can be hard to spot. Also by clicking on the link it can either automatically run a hidden script via your Email client, or run a remote script from a remote server. These scripts can install malware or spyware on your local computer, which then gives access to the script owner who then could access personal data obtaining usernames and passwords for online accounts. The worst case would be to obtain the bank details.

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