Introduction\n\nWe're regularly told about how dangerous it is to click email links, but seldom is the reasoning behind this advice clearly broken down and explained. I find this to be a shame as the act of 'not clicking a link' isn't the point or even the important part. The VITAL part is the education required to know precisely what to look out for, and this is the but I fear we aren't digging deep into. Ignorance here most certainly isn't bliss, and it pays to be wise.\n\nWe Need an Education\n\nSo where many others fall short, of course the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) pick up the slack. The EFF fight for our online rights, and are driven to keep us protected in an ever changing digital world. They have published a fantastic guide on Phishing that I recommend that you peruse when you get the time. After reading it, we all get just that bit closer to keeping all smammers away from our lives. Hopefully we can see more of these!\n\nSurveillance Self-Defence: How to Avoid Phishing Attacks\n\nMany services make use of link shorteners e.g. bit.ly, Twitter's integrated service etc, and whilst this greatly assists usability and shareability, it has the unfortunate side effect of mangling the link address so you can't see where you are being taken to (when you hover with your mouse). This has sparked many to (correctly) decry how it removes a valuable security check from the user.\n\nClicking on unknown links is insecure like a open lock hanging on a fence\n\nIt is but another hurdle we have to leap over in this ever evolving digital space, and thus we need to remain ever vigilant! Fortunately there are services that exist that allow you to check the safety of links, however despite the results provided, exercise with caution as false negatives are VERY MUCH A THING. As these shortened links are merely redirects from the service providers infrastructure, you can also test to see where the redirect is actually taking you to.\n\nVirus Total\n\nTrend Micro Site Safety Checker\n\nSafe Browsing: Malware and Phishing – Google Transparency Report\n\nKeeping Each Other Safe\n\nSecurity is all of our responsibility, and I believe that the training element is no different. If you come across any similar guides that have helped you, share them so they can be used help others. If you have any tips, tricks, lessons learned, share them so we can all learn together. Let's all work hard to ensure that no one is a victim of a scam.\n\nIt's a jungle out there, so we have to equip the people in our camps with the knowledge they need to avoid dangerous predators. As always, remain as vigilant as possible and most importantly, keep yourselves safe. Si.