Being Smart Around Short URL's
Okay so in this quick tutorial, I'm gonna write about safety online concerning shortened URL's.
Scammers like to use shortened URL's, mainly bit.ly but I see them using tinyurl.com and goo.gl as well. Sorry but this has to be said, I'm sick to death of people not using their brains when it comes to a shortened URL, people just click away and expect something harmless and fun, guess again.
This is an example of a shortened URL: http://goo.gl/4Brzd
The link above only links back to Google on https - I made that link myself so it's wont harm your machine. Below is an image showing a shortened URL after it's no longer shortened, to see where the link goes. I examined it using Longurl.org, a site where I can see where shortened URL's go before clicking them.
Hmmm, it appears to still link back to Facebook on a secure session, notice the https? Nope, that still doesn't convince me. Lets look a bit deeper. Lets hit that "Show Details" button, see what happens next.
Oh, look at that!!, it re-directs through FOUR different links before directing back to Facebook. Phishing scam? I think so.
See, that wasn't hard. Next time you come across a shortened URL's, stick it into LongURL | The Universal Way to Expand Shortened URLs or URL X-ray: Find out where shortened URLs lead to without clicking and find out where they link to BEFORE clicking them.
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