Malicious Links? That Little Red Skull?

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  1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years ago

    It's absolutely pointless to tell me that a link on a hub is a reported phishing site. . . .IF IT'S NOT GOING TO TELL ME WHICH LINK IS THE PROBLEM!

    It's absolutely ridiculous to NOT tell someone what link is a phishing site link, or the problem link.

    I create hubs with LOTS of links in them to sites that verify the information I'm relaying.  If I do not know and am not told which specific link is supposed to be bad, then how the bloody hell am I supposed to fix it?

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image73
      EmpressFelicityposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I had a malicious link warning and it highlighted the link in a different colour? (Yellow from memory, although I could be wrong about that.)

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Malicious links are different.  If you click on the hubs with the little red skull next to them, - it doesn't tell you a damned thing except that a link is reportedly to a phishing site.  It highlights nothing.  Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I ain't taking a link out if they aren't going to tell me which one it is.

        1. TinaAtHome profile image77
          TinaAtHomeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          If you click on the hub to read the hub, it doesn't tell you. But if you then go to edit mode, it will tell you which link is bad.

          1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
            Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            No it won't.  I'm talking about the little red skull symbol, NOT the "malicious links" or "broken Links" thing.  The little red skull, at least on my account  and the two hubs that I have with that symbol. . . .tell me absolutely nothing in edit or view.

            1. TinaAtHome profile image77
              TinaAtHomeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              OK Try this. Click on edit, then click on done editing. Then you will get a black box with a warning. Click on edit again and it will tell you which link. At least it did on my hub.

    2. Aficionada profile image87
      Aficionadaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Do they show up under "Hub Violations" on My Account > Hubs > Hub Violations? - I'm fishing here (not phishing big_smile ). 

      I only just now learned that broken links are listed under My Account > Hubs > Broken Links, and I'm very happy that there is now a quick way to know what the links are before opening the actual Hub.  So, I'm hoping there is some similar process relating to Malicious Links, but I don't know that there is.

      1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
        Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah - broken links are highlighted in yellow after you click on "Broken Links" from your account page.  Malicious links are highlighted in orange the same way.

        But I ain't seeing anything from the supposedly bad links on hubs that have a little red skull by them.  I suppose I'm just supposed to pick a link and hope that I delete the right one - but that's not going to happen.

  2. Aficionada profile image87
    Aficionadaposted 9 years ago

    The reason for my question is just the fact that today, a very short while ago, I checked the broken links on my hubs.  The "My Accounts" (stats) page did not show the Broken Links triangle, but the Broken Links link showed four probably bad links, and it also listed them by URL

    When I went in to the Hubs, all but one of the four bad links were highlighted in yellow.  But since the Broken Links page had the bad links listed by URL, I was able to find the bad one, test it, and unlink it.  I know that the HP engineers have been making some quiet changes that Hubbers have asked for (like this one), and so I am hoping that maybe there is a similar feature - somewhere - that will actually tell you the URL of the malicious link. 

    Did you actually check out the "Hub Violations" link?  If not, check it out - at least to see what info it offers.

  3. seamist profile image61
    seamistposted 9 years ago

    I thought the little red skull meant you were linking to a prohibited link. In my case, I linked many of my articles to clickbank products. However, perhaps I was wrong.

  4. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image93
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years ago

    Hey, I thank all of you for commenting - I tend to over react, and this is another case of me not understanding or being too impatient to understand how the software works.

    I figured it all out - so thank you all :-)


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