Scanning links in messages

Anti-Spam can check the URLs in mail messages to identify the ones included in the lists of suspicious web addresses or phishing web addresses. These lists are included into the product package of Kaspersky Internet Security. If a phishing or suspicious link is found in a message, it will be recognized as spam.

Checking the links if they are included in the list of phishing addresses allows avoiding phishing attacks, which look like email messages from would-be financial institutions and contain links to the websites of these organizations. The message text convinces the reader to click the link and enter confidential information in the window that follows, for example, a credit card number or a login and password for an Internet banking site where financial operations may be carried out.

A phishing attack can be disguised, for example, as a letter from your bank with a link to its official website. By clicking the link, you go to an exact copy of the bank’s website and can even see the real address in the browser, even though you are actually on a counterfeit site. From this point forward, all your actions on the site are tracked and can be used to steal your money.

To enable URL checks using the databases of suspicious and phishing addresses:

  1. Open the application settings window.
  2. In the left part of the window, in the Protection Center section, select the Anti-Spam component.
  3. Click the Settings button in the right part of the window.

    The Anti-Spam window will be displayed.

  4. On the Exact methods tab,in the Consider message as spam section, the boxes Internet Security mark fs Scanning links in messages If it contains URLs from the database of suspicious URLs and Internet Security mark fs Scanning links in messages If it contains URLs from the database of phishing URLs should be checked by default. If these boxes are unchecked, enable them.

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Scanning links in messages