What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
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Structure good digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that everybody should be helping our trainees do. Revealing them little tips like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the ways that we can help our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.
Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a registered user I can develop custom-made, shortened URLs that individuals can actually spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion because the default URLs provided by those services are incoherent and constantly long..
Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive utilized for lots of years. There is an easy way to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly rather of to whatever the initial URL was.
Not all Bitly users are using them for excellent factors. Some people utilize them to conceal wicked links. Luckily, there is an easy way to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking on the link. The trick is to simply add a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly instead 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 initial link was..
You can attempt this technique with a URL that I recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you directly 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 produced the reduced URL..
Watch this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
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