What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?

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Structure great digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that all of us need to 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 assist our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.

Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. There is an easy method to quickly determine 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 original URL was.

Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are using them for excellent reasons. Some individuals utilize them to hide dubious links. Fortunately, there is a simple method to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The trick is to just include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you include the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the initial URL was. That will then show you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will reveal you what the initial link was..
You can attempt 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 initial presentation URL and see when I developed the shortened URL..
See this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to learn whats concealed behind a Bitly link..

Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a signed up user I can create custom, reduced URLs that people can actually spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion due to the fact that the default URLs offered by those services are incoherent and constantly long..

This post originally 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.

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