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 assisting our trainees do. Revealing them little suggestions like this one to prevent clicking on suspicious links is among the ways that we can help our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety skills.
Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are using them for great factors. Some individuals use them to conceal dubious links. Luckily, there is an easy method to quickly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. The technique is to just add 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 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 technique with a URL that I recently shortened. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I utilized in 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 developed the shortened URL..
See this short video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to discover whats concealed behind a Bitly link..
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for several years. As a signed up user I can produce custom, reduced URLs that people can really spell. I use these whenever I require to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides discussion since the default URLs supplied by those services are incoherent and always long..
Bitly is a helpful URL shortener that Ive utilized for many years. There is an easy way to rapidly determine whats behind a Bitly URL without actually clicking on the link. When you include the “+” the URL will reroute to Bitly rather of to whatever the original URL was.