Look Before You Leap – Preview Links On Your iPhone or iPad [iOS Tips]

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The web is full of all kinds of links, both clearly labeled ones as well as links with varying degrees of treacherousness (Rick Roll, we’re looking at you). While finding yourself sent to a video of Rick Astley may be fairly innocuous, there are times when you’re on the web and you come across a link that could possibly do something more serious.

That’s where the mobile web browsers in iOS 7 come in. I’ve tried this trick in both Safari and Chrome, but there may be other, less popular browsers that do the same thing: your mileage may vary.

Launch a web site that you frequent that might have some dodgy links embedded. Really, any website with links will do; I just wanted to use the word, “dodgy.”

Once you’ve launched your web browser of choice, tap and hold on any text or image link somewhere in the page.

When you do, you’ll notice the familiar options to Open in New Page (Tab), Open in New Incognito Tab (Chrome), Add to Reading List (Safari), Copy Link URL, and Cancel.

Take a quick look, though, at the top of this sheet. You’ll see the URL of the link you’re heading to. If it doesn’t way what you expect it to–say a YouTube link when you thought you were headed to a banking site–be sure to treat it with suspicion.

Now you can make sure you’re headed where you want to head, unless that’s the kind of internet experience you enjoy, of course. Travel safe!

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  • joelteitelbaum

    This works in Mail as well, where there is arguably a greater chance of a “dodgy” link…

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