Targeted Threat Protection: Verifying a URL

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This guide describes how administrators can verify a URL that has been rewritten by Targeted Threat Protection - URL Protect. This is important, as the original URL can tell you a lot about where you are about to go.

URLs that haven't been rewritten by Targeted Threat Protection - URL Protect can be verified using a different method. Firstly, Google the link to see if it is associated with known phishing or malware attacks. Secondly check the URL using a service like Virus Total.

Applies to...


This guide applies to the following staff trying to ascertain whether a link is safe:

  • Administrators
  • Mimecast Support Staff 




Verifying URLsTo verify a URL:

  1. Right click the URL.
  2. Click Copy Hyperlink.
  3. Paste the URL into your browser, but add a + to the end. For example, if the following protected link is issued:
    Add a plus  sign at the end:

  4. Press Enter.
  5. Review the Original URL to ensure it is safe to go there. This URL isn't clickable to prevent access to the URL before our security checks have been performed. Do not to copy and paste the exposed link for the same reason.
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