What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

There is an easy way to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The technique 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 original URL was.
You can attempt this technique with a URL that I 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 initial presentation URL and see when I developed the shortened URL..
See this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to find out whats hidden behind a Bitly link..

Applications for Education.
Building great digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everyone ought to be assisting our students do. Revealing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can help our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber security abilities.

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

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

Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a registered user I can create customized, reduced URLs that people can really spell. I utilize these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs provided by those services are constantly long and incoherent..

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