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 custom, shortened URLs that individuals can actually spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion since the default URLs provided by those services are always long and incoherent..

Applications for Education.
Structure great digital citizenship and cyber safety skills is something that everyone must be assisting our students do. Revealing them little pointers like this one to avoid clicking on suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can assist our students develop their digital citizenship and cyber security skills.

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

Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive utilized for numerous years. There is an easy way to rapidly identify 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.

Not all Bitly users are utilizing them for great factors. Some individuals use them to conceal wicked links. Luckily, there is an easy method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The trick is to merely include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was. That will then show you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will show you what the initial link was..
You can try this trick with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I used 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 discussion URL and see when I developed the reduced URL..
Watch this brief video to see how you can use the “+” trick to find out whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

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