Shortened URL’s – safe or not: How you can protect yourself

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By Erin Dodge

Shortened URL’s are a fact of life in social media these days. If you’re a regular Twitter user or engage in other social media, then you’ve no doubt seen shortened URLs, also called shortened hyperlinks or links. Shortened URLs are quite useful and help save space, but how safe are they really?

With a shortened URL, it’s very hard to tell exactly where the link is going to take you. Scammers have used this type of link to re-direct consumers to other scam websites or to a malware download. There are ways to help reduce the risk clicking on a malicious link.

Only click on links, shortened or otherwise, from trusted sources. If an unknown person emails or texts you an unsolicited link, regardless of the promises made, don’t click on the link.

Use a link expander like CheckShortURL.com that offers the ability to check the link for malware.

For more information on how to safeguard browsing from malicious shortened URL’s, check out The Danger of Shortened URLs. Make BBB.org your source for trustworthy businesses.

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