How to See What’s Hidden Behind a TinyURL
Applications for EducationAs I wrote recently, developing great digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that all of us ought to be helping our trainees do. Showing them little tips like this one to avoid clicking suspicious links is among the ways that we can help our students construct their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.
Heres a video overview of how to see whats behind a TinyURL without actually clicking on the link.
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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 worked with other URL reducing services.
Ive attempted the “+” trick with a lot of other URL reducing tools and TinyURL is the just one besides Bitly that Ive found it to deal with..
Whats the trick?
The trick is to add a “+” to the end of any TinyURL address in order to arrive at a safe TinyURL page that reveals what the original link was that got reduced. You can then decide if you want to click through to the location or not.
If you want to try 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.
The technique 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 shortening services. If you see it somewhere else, it has been utilized without permission.
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