What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Structure great digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that all of us need to be assisting our trainees do. Revealing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is among the ways that we can assist our trainees develop their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.

Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are utilizing them for good factors. Some people use them to conceal nefarious links. Thankfully, there is a simple method to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking the link. The trick is to just add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the reduced URL is hosted and will reveal you what the initial link was..
You can try this trick with a URL that I recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I used in 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 developed the shortened URL..
Enjoy this brief video to see how you can use the “+” trick to find out whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive utilized for several years. As a signed up user I can create custom-made, reduced URLs that individuals can actually spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation due to the fact that the default URLs offered by those services are always long and incoherent..

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

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. It has been utilized without permission if you see it somewhere else. Websites that frequently steal my (Richard Byrnes) work consist of CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.

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