How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL

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. If you see it in other places, it has been used without authorization.

Ive tried the “+” trick with a lot of other URL reducing tools and TinyURL is the only one besides Bitly that Ive found it to work with..
Whats the technique?

Heres a video introduction of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without actually clicking the link.

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Last week I wrote
a post about how to see whats concealed behind a Bitly reduced URL without actually 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. If the that worked with other URL shortening services, a few individuals emailed me to ask. The response is it works with

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 original link was that got shortened. You can then choose if you wish to click through to the destination or not.
If you wish to try this with a TinyURL, 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 initial link without clicking on it.

Applications for EducationAs I composed last week, developing good digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that everyone must be assisting our trainees do. Showing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the ways that we can assist our students build their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.

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