Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

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liquid_dragon
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Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by liquid_dragon » Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:38 pm

If you practice safe web browsing you know to hover over a link before clicking it to see where it really goes. I seen an increase in spam that uses various URL shortening tools to hid the final destination of the link. Here is a good article that explains how to expand the link to see where it goes before you click it.

Copy and paste the URL, remove the "x", and enjoy:

httpx://security.thejoshmeister.com/2009/04/how-to-preview-shortened-urls-tinyurl.html

williKi
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RE: Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by williKi » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:23 pm

Good find, and much appreciated. I think I'll share that page. Many thanks. Cheers.

Site-rater
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RE: Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by Site-rater » Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:34 pm

Does it work for goo.gl? A lot of racist Whitehouse.gov petitions use it to hide their domain.

BCinUSA
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RE: Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by BCinUSA » Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:19 pm

"If you practice safe web browsing you know to hover over a link before clicking it to see where it really goes.'

Little bit of a thread drift so I hope i can ask this. Does hovering over links put the user at risk of notifying whoever sent it? I read that mouseovers can still put you at risk if the message is malicious.

A440
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RE: Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by A440 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:51 am

I generally do not rate these services highly since they are mostly the common tools of scammers and spammers.

A440
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RE: Expanding Short Links (tinyurl, bit.ly, etc.)

Post by A440 » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:38 am

I do note some URL shortening sites do act upon reports.
waa.ai is excellent and I rate them as being acceptible.

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