How to tell if a shortened link is secure in 2015December 21, 2014 – 10:36 AM
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.
The danger lies in the fact that you don’t know where a link leads you. A link like http://bit.ly/1pHtsqW reveals nothing about its destination and with that comes the danger that you get tricked into loading dangerous sites on the Intern.
Maybe you get redirected to a phishing website, a drive by download page, or a site that tries to attack you or your computer in other ways.