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[WebAIM Forum] Hyperlink Accessibility vs. Security


From: Carly Gerard
Date: Sep 28, 2017 12:12PM

Hello WebAIM,

I have gotten questions from fellow colleagues in tech services about embedding links in text (i.e. meaningful hyperlinks). They seem to understand the need for it as far as accessibility goes, but are also concerned about phishing attempts. According to our tech user services department, making URLs visible is a good practice in preventing phishing attempts both ways. Kaspersky did an article that verifies not opening embedded links<https://usa.kaspersky.com/resource-center/preemptive-safety/phishing-prevention-tips>, but I'm not sure when it was written.

Has anyone encountered security issues from using meaningful hyperlink text and not making the URL visible?

Thank you,


Carly Gerard | Web Accessibility Developer
Web Communication Technologies
University Relations & Marketing
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