What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Structure excellent digital citizenship and cyber security skills is something that everybody must be assisting our trainees do. Showing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the methods that we can assist our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.

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Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive used for lots of years. As a signed up user I can produce custom, reduced URLs that people can really spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs provided by those services are incoherent and constantly long..

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for many years. There is a simple method to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without really clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.

There is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The trick is to just add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
You can attempt this trick with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized in my current Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my original discussion URL and see when I produced the reduced URL..
View this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to discover out whats hidden behind a Bitly link..

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