What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Building excellent digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everybody ought to be helping our trainees do. Revealing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is among the methods that we can help our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.

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Sadly, not all Bitly users are utilizing them for good reasons. Some individuals use them to conceal nefarious links. There is a simple method to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The technique is to simply 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. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the reduced URL is hosted and will show you what the original link was..
You can try this technique with a URL that I just recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized my recent 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 created the shortened URL..
Watch this short video to see how you can use the “+” technique to learn whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive utilized for several years. As a registered user I can produce custom, shortened URLs that people can in fact spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation due to the fact that the default URLs supplied by those services are always long and incoherent..

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