What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Building good digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that all of us must be helping our students do. Showing them little ideas like this one to avoid clicking on suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can help our students construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.

This post initially appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it somewhere else, it has 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 used for lots of years. There is an easy way to quickly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without really clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was.

Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive utilized for numerous years. As a signed up user I can create custom, shortened URLs that individuals 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 offered by those services are incoherent and constantly long..

There is an easy method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The trick is to merely add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was.
You can try this trick with a URL that I 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 produced the reduced URL..
See this brief video to see how you can use the “+” trick to discover whats hidden behind a Bitly link..

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