What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
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Building excellent digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everybody must be helping our trainees do. Showing them little tips like this one to avoid clicking on suspicious links is among the methods that we can assist our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.
Sadly, not all Bitly users are utilizing them for excellent factors. Some people use them to conceal dubious links. There is an easy way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact 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 redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the reduced URL is hosted and will show you what the initial link was..
You can try 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 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 discussion URL and see when I produced the reduced URL..
View this short video to see how you can use the “+” trick to discover whats hidden behind a Bitly link..
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a signed up user I can create custom-made, reduced URLs that people can really spell. I use these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation due to the fact that the default URLs supplied by those services are constantly long and incoherent..
This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it in other places, it has actually been used without authorization. Websites that frequently steal my (Richard Byrnes) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.
Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. There is an easy way to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was.