Be Safe Online: Look before You Leap Using Safari’s Link Preview

When you follow a link in Safari, you generally don’t know where you’re going to end up. That’s fine most of the time, but what if you’re concerned that a site might be trying to trick you into going somewhere malicious?

Safari provides an easy way to look at the URL under a link.

  • On the Mac, choose View > Show Status Bar. Hover your pointer over the link and look at the bottom of the window.

  • In iOS, touch and hold a link (don’t press for 3D Touch) until a popover appears that shows the link and gives you options to open it.

The most important thing to look at is the domain. In the images below, the domain is us.norton.com. The domain should match the site where you hope to end up, or at least look reasonable. If the URL is dubious, don’t follow the link.

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