Posts Tagged ‘LongUrl’

How to Tell if a Shortened Link is Secure in 2015

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Shortened links make sense when posting on social media sites that limit the number of characters per post, but it’s also helpful to know exactly where those shortened links will take you before you click on them …

If you hang out a lot on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, you have encountered countless links that were shortened. What is meant by that is that proxy links tend to get posted on these sites that do nothing but redirect you to the real site when you click on them. While that may make sense on Twitter with its artificial 140 character limit, it is a dangerous habit that has no real advantage other than reducing the number of characters displayed on the screen.


How to Verify Link Targets Before you Click on Links

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Those shortened URLs can be a big help to people who post a lot of links, but they can also be used to hide links to malicious sites too …

Yesterday’s post about a new virus attack on Skype has shown that it is important to verify link targets before you click on the links. Because if you do not, you may end up with some nasty virus, trojan or other malicious software on your PC. What makes the Skype attack work that well is that it spreads by messaging Skype contacts, people that you probably trust not to send you malicious links or files.