That is what you want. Outlook and Outlook Express in particular have been hit in the past with bugs where URLs are obfuscated. Meaning the URL looks like it might be going to say discovercard.com but really is going somewhere else. You type in your username and password and then a couple days later find a bunch of charges to your credit card you didn't make.
You should ALWAYS, and this is regardless of email program, copy and paste a link from your email program into your browser. Then you take a second to inspect the URL for things like secondary redirects (is there a second http) and also does it appear to be the same URL in the browser address bar as in your email client? You don't need to go character by character, but do they seem the same?
It only takes 2-3 seconds to do this, and it can save you from countless phishing and social engineering attacks. You're even further protected if you're not using Internet Explorer as your web browser. Those bugs that hit Outlook and Outlook Express were actually IE bugs. Both programs use IE to render all messages, so IE bugs can affect Outlook and Outlook Express, and IE will almost certainly forever hold the distinction of the most insecure web browser of all time. But even using IE, you'd be better off copying and pasting URLs.
And just for the record, you can rant all you want about how you shouldn't have to do this; you won't get any arguments out of me. However, the reality of the situation is that you DO. Until we become one big happy utopian society, there are certain facts of life that are unfair but also unavoidable. Like there will be people who are out to make a quick buck at the expense of others. Just like you need to mind your wallet in the city, you need to mind what you click on the Internet.
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