Avoiding potentially dangerous short URL’s

I’ve found myself increasingly targeted by Internet spammers and a few blog commenters who provide Internet links to sites they recommend, but in a shortened URL that’s unreadable and gives no hint as to where it’s actually redirecting me.  Needless to say, I treat all such links as highly suspicious.

I’ve been pleased to discover that there are Web sites to help find out where those links are really going, before I click on them.  This article discusses several ‘link expanders’.  I’ve tried some of those it recommends, and find they work well.

So, if you find yourself confronted with a link such as http://goo.gl/YOTQ (which takes you to the Drudge Report web site – I just set it up as an example), and you want to know what it is before you actually go there, use one of the services listed and check it out.  It might just save you from a lot of viruses, malware and scam artists.



  1. I checked out the checkshorturl.com site and it worked as advertised. I think I may get some use out of it.

  2. I get all kinds of bitly.blahblah linkage in my blogger stats. Ain't no way in hell I'm clicking that crap.

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