What’s Hidden Behind a Bitly Link?
Unfortunately, not all Bitly users are using them for excellent factors. Some people utilize them to hide nefarious links. Thankfully, there is an easy way to rapidly identify whats behind a Bitly URL without in fact clicking the link. The trick is to just include a “+” to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the “+” the URL will redirect to Bitly instead 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 original link was..
You can try this technique with a URL that I recently reduced. Bit.ly/ THWTAPRIL will lead you straight to a copy of the slides that I used 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 reduced URL..
View this brief video to see how you can utilize the “+” technique to discover whats hidden behind a Bitly link..
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for numerous years. There is an easy way to quickly 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.
Bitly is a convenient URL shortener that Ive used for many years. As a signed up user I can create custom-made, shortened URLs that individuals can in fact spell. I use these whenever I need to share a link to a Canva or Google Slides presentation since the default URLs offered by those services are always long and incoherent..
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Applications for Education.
Structure good digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities is something that all of us should be helping our students do. Revealing them little suggestions like this one to avoid clicking suspicious links is among the manner ins which we can assist our trainees construct their digital citizenship and cyber safety abilities.