How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL
Applications for EducationAs I composed last week, developing good digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everyone should be helping our trainees do. Showing them little suggestions like this one to avoid clicking on suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can help our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.
The technique is to include a “+” to the end of any TinyURL address in order to arrive on a safe TinyURL page that reveals what the initial link was that got shortened. You can then decide if you want to click through to the location or not.
If you desire to try this with a TinyURL, tinyurl.com/emkns9a8 will lead you to the page for the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp, however including a “+” at the end of that TinyURL will take you to the page where you can see the original link without clicking it.
Ive attempted the “+” trick with a bunch of other URL shortening tools and TinyURL is the just one besides Bitly that Ive found it to work with..
Whats the technique?
The trick is to include “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking on it. A few individuals emailed me to ask if the that worked with other URL reducing services. If you see it in other places, it has been used without consent.
Heres a video overview of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without in fact clicking the link.
This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. It has been used without consent if you see it in other places. Websites that frequently steal my (Richard Byrnes) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.
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The technique is to include “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking on it. A few people emailed me to ask if the that worked with other URL shortening services.