What Would You Do When You Receive a URL?

What is a URL?

URL is a short form to Uniform Resource Locator where in most of the definition you can find on the internet, it is a web address of a web page. Usually, you can find the URL of a page at the top of your web browser. The web address that you saw up there is what we are talking about right now.

In computing, a Uniform Resource Locator or Universal Resource Locator (URL) is a character string that specifies where a known resource is available on the Internet and the mechanism for retrieving it.


URL is pretty harmless back in the 1980’s or even the 1990’s. Today the cyber world has changed. URL is one of the dangerous item now especially the one that you receive from an unknown sender. You will never know where it is going to take you until you click on it and successfully load the page.

Even if the URL comes with a valid and well known domain such as Facebook, it is also not 100% trusted as there is such thing called cross-site scripting and you should know how it works if you follow my blog previously. As a result, it is vital to handle the URL properly when it comes to security.

Things That You Should Do When You Receive a URL


What would you do if this instant you received a URL? Click on it? Visit the site that the message says “You look awful in this picture! <link>”? Well, there are thousands of method to lure you into clicking an unsafe link and it is pretty common if you fall for it by mistake.

If you would like to know more on how to handle a URL and the outcome of clicking an unsafe one, then just continue reading this post. This post is part of my series of article on handling a URL especially it is sent from your friend and the risk that you might face if it happens to be an unsafe one. Below are the contents of this series.

  • Introduction. The introduction of this series is this post and it basically explains the concept of URL and what you will learn by reading this series further.
  • Effects of malicious URL. The risk that you are going to accept if the links that you click happens to be an unsafe one. This is to ensure that you understand the worst condition so that you will be more serious when the next time you receive a URL.
  • How to investigate URL in details to prevent internet scam. What are the techniques that you can perform to retrieve back the URL from a manipulated one to its original form and steps to verify the safety of the URL.
  • 10 ways to get your computer infected with Malware. Follow these 10 ways in your normal routine of web browsing and URL handling and you will get yourself infected with malicious software.

This series of link handling covers up to four entries including this one. If you want to get yourself updated quickly on this URL series, do subscribe to the RSS or just let me mail you the update by subscribing to this blog by email.

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  1. ken says:

    i’ll normally look at the target link at the bottom of the browser.. if it’s suspicious, i’ll just ignore it 🙂

  2. Calheta says:

    Having fallen for this type of scam – albeit many years ago – I would like to thank you for your series of posts concerning this issue.

    The more people are aware of this type of thing, and what they can do to avoid it, the better for everyone.

    • Alan Tay says:

      I do agree with avoiding the URL.

      Personally i begin writing about this after I nearly fall into the trap of a scammed URL. I learned from there and write it out here.

  3. Dipendra from Nepali Lyrics says:

    If my antivirus warns me, I never visit the URL.

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