Friday, April 20, 2018

How to preview a Bitly address without clicking on it

Sometimes we receive Bitly shortened addresses in e-mails, or sometimes we see them in tweets or blog posts.

The problem is, how to be sure that clicking on them won't redirect us to a malicious address?

A solution, of course, is to just never click on such shortened addresses... but that might mean missing on some interesting sites or links. fortunately, for Bitly there is a way of checking to see what the real address behind the shortened one is, and also what reputation that address has:

Just copy the Bitly address to your browser's address bar, add a "+" sign to it, and hit Enter--you'll be sent to a preview page for the link, where you'll be able to see the real address, and any warning about the reputation of the address, like the following:


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