In this post, we’ll discuss the three easy ways to identify malicious links. We ‘re going to use “Juan” as an example victim of this malicious link.
Juan is just browsing his Facebook, and suddenly his Facebook friend sent him a private message containing the following:
“Hey Juan, Check this out! https://somephishingsite.ph/weird/url/path?019u2mjeioaaksjdijalsdaksdl”
Out of curiosity, Juan clicked the link and redirected it to a very similar Facebook login page.
Without any doubt, he entered his email and password and then clicked the login button.
Upon entering the correct credential, the login page suddenly redirected it to the Facebook homepage. Juan keeps wondering why he was unable to enter the site even though he entered his correct login information.
After a while, he noticed on his phone that his posts had been deleted and that his profile name had been changed to something else. There were also random messages sent to his friends using his account. He kept reloading his Facebook, and suddenly Juan could no longer access his account.
Do you have any idea what just happened?
His Facebook account was just hacked!
By clicking the link and entering his login information to a fake Facebook login page, hackers were able to take over his account.
So how can you check if the link that you are clicking is safe or not?
Here are the three easy ways in identifying malicious links
Never click a link that came from someone you don’t know – If someone sent you a random message and asks you to click on a malicious link, we advise you to delete the message immediately and block the person who sent the message. Let your family and friends know, too, that you have received this kind of message, then advise them to ignore it and delete the message instead.
Familiarize yourself with the official social media URLs that you use – Facebook.com is the official Facebook URL. It’s not Facebok.com. You may notice that one letter is missing from the unofficial URL. If someone has sent you a link that is very different from the official Facebook URL or any social media site, we advise you not to click the link because the link is most likely malicious.