How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL
Ive attempted the “+” technique with a bunch of other URL reducing tools and TinyURL is the just one besides Bitly that Ive found it to work with..
Whats the technique?
Last week I wrote
an article about how to see whats hidden behind a Bitly reduced URL without actually clicking on the link. The trick is to include “+” to the end of the Bitly URL to see whats behind it without clicking it. If the that worked with other URL reducing services, a couple of people emailed me to ask. The response is it works with
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The trick is to add “+” 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. If you see it somewhere else, it has actually been used without consent.
Heres a video introduction of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without actually clicking the link.
Applications for EducationAs I composed last week, building good digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that all of us must be helping our trainees do. Showing them little tips like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is among the ways that we can help our students construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.
The trick is to include a “+” to the end of any TinyURL address in order to arrive on a safe TinyURL page that reveals what the original link was that got shortened. You can then choose if you wish to click through to the location or not.
If you wish to attempt 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 it.