How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL
Last week I composed
an article about how to see whats concealed behind a Bitly shortened URL without really clicking the link. The technique is to add “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking on it. If the that worked with other URL reducing services, a couple of individuals emailed me to ask. The answer is it works with
Heres a video summary of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without really clicking on the link.
The trick is to add “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking on it. A couple of people emailed me to ask if the that worked with other URL shortening services. If you see it elsewhere, it has been utilized without consent.
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Applications for EducationAs I wrote last week, developing great digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that all of us need to be assisting our students do. Revealing them little ideas like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the methods that we can assist our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.
Ive tried the “+” trick with a lot of other URL shortening tools and TinyURL is the only one besides Bitly that Ive discovered it to work with..
Whats the trick?
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 desire to click through to the destination or not, you can then choose.
If you desire to attempt this with a TinyURL, tinyurl.com/emkns9a8 will lead you to the page for the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp, but adding a “+” at the end of that TinyURL will take you to the page where you can see the original link without clicking it.