What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive utilized for lots of years. As a registered user I can produce customized, shortened URLs that people can actually spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs supplied by those services are always long and incoherent..
Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive used for many years. There is an easy way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was.
Applications for Education.
Structure good digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everyone ought to be helping our students do. Revealing them little tips like this one to avoid clicking on suspicious links is one of the ways that we can help our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber security skills.
This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. It has actually been utilized without approval if you see it somewhere else. Websites that routinely take my (Richard Byrnes) work consist of CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.
There is an easy way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The technique is to merely 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 technique with a URL that I just recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly 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 presentation URL and see when I developed the shortened URL..
View this short video to see how you can use the “+” trick to learn whats concealed behind a Bitly link..