cyber / network attack

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Hmmm ... interesting discussion lilypad and hlsmith.

I like shopping online. How do I know if an email I am getting is from the actual store I am shopping from or from some suspicious site? For example, I shopped at walmart the other day. Then, I got an email "about my order" but when I clicked on the link, it directed me to a different site. I got so scared, I shot down my PC right away. So, without opening the mail, is there a way for me to tell if it is suspicious or not?
 

hlsmith

Omega Contributor
#4
Do you have an online account with Walmart? If so, ignore the email and monitor your purchase via the validated url for the company. Not techy enough to have a better solution.
 
#5
Hmmm ... interesting discussion lilypad and hlsmith.

I like shopping online. How do I know if an email I am getting is from the actual store I am shopping from or from some suspicious site? For example, I shopped at walmart the other day. Then, I got an email "about my order" but when I clicked on the link, it directed me to a different site. I got so scared, I shot down my PC right away. So, without opening the mail, is there a way for me to tell if it is suspicious or not?
Yes of course there is: The best way is to copy the link address (right-click over the link and hit copy), and then go to this AWESOME security website (https://www.virustotal.com/). On the website, you will see 3 tabs named "Files /URL / Search". Choose the URL tab, and paste the copied link address into the "Enter the URL" box. Then hit the "SCAN IT" button on the website. Now, VirusTotal will scan the entire URL content (which can contain viruses) via ALL existing antivituses, and then searches the address itself against the databases of ALL antimalware and anti hack programs and services. Finally, it reports a full description of the URL.

In many cases, the same URL is scanned before. In this case, the website gives the last result but offers you a ReScan opportunity (this is because many viruses are not first detected by antiviruses, but later they catch up). So I always choose ReScan.

You can use this AWESOME website also for scanning any suspicsious files. It does not scan it only with 1 antivitus. It will feed the file to ALL existing antiviruses and will give you a very reliable report.

And there are many more advanced advantages to this website as well.

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2. Never click any email link or any email IMAGE, unless you hover the mouse over it, and read the address carefully, and ensure the address at least looks genuine.

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3. Your computer seems to be pretty messed up with lots of malwares, if you click links easily. Have it fully scanned before using it for further sensitive tasks.
 
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Yes of course there is: The best way is to copy the link address (right-click over the link and hit copy), and then go to this AWESOME security website (https://www.virustotal.com/). On the website, you will see 3 tabs named "Files /URL / Search". Choose the URL tab, and paste the copied link address into the "Enter the URL" box. Then hit the "SCAN IT" button on the website. Now, VirusTotal will scan the entire URL content (which can contain viruses) via ALL existing antivituses, and then searches the address itself against the databases of ALL antimalware and anti hack programs and services. Finally, it reports a full description of the URL.

In many cases, the same URL is scanned before. In this case, the website gives the last result but offers you a ReScan opportunity (this is because many viruses are not first detected by antiviruses, but later they catch up). So I always choose ReScan.

You can use this AWESOME website also for scanning any suspicsious files. It does not scan it only with 1 antivitus. It will feed the file to ALL existing antiviruses and will give you a very reliable report.

And there are many more advanced advantages to this website as well.

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2. Never click any email link or any email IMAGE, unless you hover the mouse over it, and read the address carefully, and ensure the address at least looks genuine.

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3. Your computer seems to be pretty messed up with lots of malwares, if you click links easily. Have it fully scanned before using it for further sensitive tasks.
Thanks for the information you have shared. I really appreciate it! I did not realize that there is a website that can scan URL's.

And I think this is the one that I need. Fortunately, I have been receiving links from my email like this link https://www.beyondtrust.com/ Mostly, I do not click click any even I received them from my friends. With the Scanner you sent I would be able to check every link if it is clean or not. Thanks Again!
 
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