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Shortened URL's and Safety

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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Excellent suggestion for safe surfing