What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Applications for Education.
Building good digital citizenship and cyber security abilities is something that everybody need to be helping our trainees do. Showing them little pointers like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is one of the manner ins which we can assist our trainees build their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.
Bitly is an useful URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. As a signed up user I can produce customized, reduced URLs that individuals can actually spell. I utilize these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation because the default URLs provided by those services are constantly long and incoherent..
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Regrettably, not all Bitly users are using them for good reasons. Some individuals utilize them to hide nefarious links. Luckily, there is a simple way 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 reroute to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was. That will then reveal you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will reveal you what the original link was..
You can attempt this trick with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized in my current 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 shortened URL..
View this short video to see how you can utilize the “+” trick to discover out whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
Bitly is a handy URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is an easy method to quickly identify 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 initial URL was.