What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive utilized for several years. As a signed up user I can develop customized, reduced URLs that people can in fact spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion due to the fact that the default URLs offered by those services are constantly long and incoherent..
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Building good digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everyone should be helping our students do. Revealing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the ways that we can help our students build their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.
Not all Bitly users are using them for excellent factors. Some individuals use them to conceal nefarious links. There is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The technique is to just add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include 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 original link was..
You can attempt this trick with a URL that I just recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I used my current Intro to Teaching History With Technology webinar. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL+ will lead you to the Bitly page where you can see my initial discussion URL and see when I developed the shortened URL..
Watch this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for many years. There is an easy method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without really clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was.
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