What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
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Building excellent digital citizenship and cyber security skills is something that everybody must be assisting our trainees do. Showing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the ways that we can assist our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber security skills.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive utilized for lots of years. There is a simple method to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a signed up user I can create customized, shortened URLs that individuals can really spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion since the default URLs provided by those services are always long and incoherent..
There is an easy way to quickly 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 add the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
You can try this technique with a URL that I just recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly 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 use the “+” technique to discover whats hidden behind a Bitly link..
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