How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL

Heres a video summary of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without in fact clicking the link.

Recently I composed
a post about how to see whats concealed behind a Bitly reduced URL without in fact clicking the link. The trick 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 dealt with other URL shortening services. The response is it deals with
TinyURLs..

Ive attempted the “+” technique with a bunch of other URL shortening tools and TinyURL is the just one besides Bitly that Ive discovered it to work with..
Whats the trick?

The trick is to include “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking on it. A couple of individuals emailed me to ask if the that worked with other URL reducing services. If you see it in other places, it has been utilized without consent.

The trick is to add a “+” to the end of any TinyURL address in order to land on a safe TinyURL page that exposes what the initial link was that got shortened. If you want to click through to the destination or not, you can then decide.
If you wish to try this with a TinyURL, tinyurl.com/emkns9a8 will lead you to the page for the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp, but including a “+” at the end of that TinyURL will take you to the page where you can see the original link without clicking on it.

Applications for EducationAs I composed last week, constructing great digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everybody should be assisting our students do. Showing them little pointers like this one to avoid clicking suspicious links is one of the manner ins which we can help our trainees develop their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.

This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. It has actually been used without permission if you see it somewhere else. Websites that regularly steal my (Richard Byrnes) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.

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