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You can't fool me-This time. The plot thickens...


I got an interesting email from someone with the same name as someone I know containing a link. There are two reasons why I didn't click on it.


First, this particular person only contacts me via Facebook messenger. I did go to Facebook and message her for her email address. I think I have it, but I had to be sure that they didn't change it on me.

The second is because it had an ".ru" link. Okay, it's not that I have anything against Russia, but it IS the place where most proxies filter through (and China). So if you were to check the IP address on someone that was hacking your server, it would appear to come from these countries. The supposed Russian hacks may have actually been an American using a proxy.

Also, it does seem that every time I get a link like this, it's from a server in Russia or China.

While I do know that clicking on the link will be my downfall, my curiosity has gotten the better of me and I decided to use a secondary site to ping it. Essentially scan it for viruses and other statistics.

After doing some searching on Google I came across some info on PCWorld and makeuseof that has a few suggestions.

The first one I tried was URLvoid.com. I entered the site and interestingly enough, nothing was found.

It suggested that I should try the main site (what I submitted was a sub domain name). So I did.
 

14 days? So was this link specifically created for me? I checked the stats but because it was so new, there were none.

The other link I tried was Online Link Scan. Unfortunately, no such luck. Apparently it isn't a valid site, or whatever that means. Again, no stats.


One more site: http://scanurl.net. Again, I still couldn't get any results.

Upon further inspection, all of these link scans sites actually scan a bunch of services like Norton, AVG, and myWOT for any reports.

Reports that users submit.

This means, that if the domain is new (and it is), there will be no reports on it, yet. If someone complains about it in the next few days, I'll know about it - but someone needs to complain.

Finally, I decided to just check out the mail server, "bigpond.com". It was actually a redirect to what appears to be an Australian news site, similar to Yahoo.com, except they use Google as their search engine.



I suspect, like Hotmail, Bigpond.com was bought out by this company but there are plenty of people who still have "bigpond.com" as their mail server. The person who owns this email probably has an email virus or her account was hijacked.

For those of you who are still with me: If you know me and want to share a link, you may want to go onto my Facebook page and either private message me there, or share it with other readers. If you email me and it's an obscure site, it's not likely I'll click on it.

referring sites:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/248963/how_to_tell_if_a_link_is_safe_without_clicking_on_it.html (warning: autoplay video)
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-quick-sites-that-let-you-check-if-links-are-safe/