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Posted on 2006-10-20
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Hello
Some links in Outlook emails show the url when the curser is hovered over a link. However some urls do not show when hovered over.

Is this a controllable item. I am always suspicious when the url does not show, it does seem that spam urls do not show. Is this correct?
Thanks

John
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johnhardy,

Does anything show in place of the URL?  This is done use the title attribute in an anchor tag.  See the example below.

  <a href="#" title="This is the title">Link name</a>

The reason this appears in many Outlook messages is Outlook puts in the title attribute.  The message does not come with it but when Outlook finds something that is or it thinks is a link then it makes the html code and includes the title.

I doubt that this is a reliable test for spam.  A legitimate html email message that was sent with the attribute blank would not be overwritten by Outlook.  It is good to be suscipicious of URL's in messages from a source you don't trust or know but I wouldn't just limit it to links without a title.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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Greetings, johnhardy !

Yes, spam URL's do not show the full address. But as b0lsc0tt said, regular URL that do not show address is not automatically considered spam.

The main check is what addresses are in the From and To field.  I often get phishing from eBay asking me log into my account.  I know it is a scam when those emails are not directed to my email address (often left blank).  Again, this is not full proof.

If you are not sure of an email, do not click any links.  Put the email aside and investigate.

Best wishes!
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Thanks thats interesting, and clears some questions in my mind
Regards

John
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Your welcome!  I'm glad that I could be one of those that helped.  Thank you for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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