I’ve always been wary of shortened URLS. Even though I recognize the value of shortening things, I like to see where I am going. It is far too easy to use shortened URLs to lead to sites with malware and viruses.
An article came into my email this morning with a tip this morning about how to check URLs. Here it is:
The compact URLs produced by services such as TinyURL, bit.ly, is.gd, and many others are convenient and save space, but they can also be used to hide the identity of malicious sites.
The article goes on to give specific ways to check shortened URLS, depending on which service provides them, and also mentions extensions for Firefox and Chrome to help with this.