What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Building good digital citizenship and cyber security skills is something that all of us ought to be assisting our students do. Showing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking suspicious links is one of the methods that we can assist our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber security skills.

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

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for lots of years. As a registered user I can develop custom, shortened URLs that individuals can actually spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs supplied by those services are always long and incoherent..

This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it somewhere else, it has actually been utilized without approval. Sites that regularly steal my (Richard Byrnes) work consist of CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web.

There is an easy way to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without really 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 just recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly to a copy of the slides that I utilized 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 created the shortened URL..
View this brief video to see how you can use the “+” technique to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

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