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How to identify if links are safe to click on,
In order for you to check the status of links in Emails, or on Websites, you will need to be using Firefox web browser and install an add-on called Dr. Web Anti-Virus Link Checker
Once you have downloaded and installed the above files, when you come across a website or email that includes web links that you look suspicious in anyway, then all you need to do, is right-click on the link within the E-mail or Web Page & then select the "Scan with Dr. Web" option that appears in the menu list as shown below:
When you click on the "Scan with Dr.Web" link, you will be presented with the following screen:
Once the link scanning is complete you will get the following displayed if the link is genuine & safe to click on:
In the event that the link is unsafe, then you will receive the above notification box, but will be Red in colour to indicate that the link is considered to be potentially dangerous.
In the even that "Dr.Web" returns a "Unable to Identify Link" message, then it either means that the link has been either removed or has broken. However, if you read the information of the result, it usually indicates the reasons as to whether or not the link could be dangerous or not, and in such scenarios you should use caution before clicking on any such links that return such results.
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