Everyone and may be even you prefer to convert long and tedious URL into short URL to share it with your friends on social media, twitter, Facebook, etc. This is mostly prefers because long URL are difficult to remember.
If you have created a URL and you can’t remember the URL or not even you can recall because of its long length and containing messed up alphabets then you can’t expect from others to remember your long URL to visit your page.
Hence, one of the genuine reasons to convert the long URL into short URL is that it can be easily remembered and shared with others which increase the probability of interested people to visit your page using that short URL.
After reading this some of you, who were not yet using short URL, would have thought to use short URL which you can share with anyone, right?
Hang on! Before proceeding just think over this. Are you aware of hacker, malicious virus, which can enter in your system as soon as you click on infected link, which redirect you to harmful sites? Virus is a word which makes us alert and gives a red signal to have cautions for the safety of our data. And no one can afford to click on any random link to get their system infected by malicious virus.
So, does it mean to stop using or clicking over the short URL?
Of course! Not. Short URL are easy to remember and sharable with anyone. Instead of worry about the short URL which can affect your system and data you can check the safety of the URL before you click on it.
Let me introduce a popular web tool which checks the safety of the short URL. URL Uncover Pro
But before using this tool you need to copy the URL and that to without opening it.
You can copy the URL by right clicking on the link and click on ‘Copy Link Address’ in chrome, ‘Copy Shortcut’ in Internet Explorer, ‘Copy Link Location’ in Mozilla Firefox.
That is, now you have copied the URL.
Now paste the copied URL in the text box given on this web tool and click on Uncover to analyze the safety of the copied short URL.
I have taken a long URL as, http://www.stupidtechlife.com/why-my-4-blogs-failed-one-after-the-other/
And converted this long URL into short URL as, http://tinyurl.com/my4mistake
You can check my short URL; it’s really very easy to remember this URL instead of original one. Tinyurl.com is web tool which convert long URL to short and my4mistake is a link to my original blog post, which I can easily remember and share with my readers & friends.
Now let’s enter this short URL into text box given on URL Uncover web tool and check the safety of this URL.
You can check in the above image that Uncovered URL is same as my original link for blog post.
This web tool extracts title, Description, keyword and trust level of the short URL along with screenshot of webpage which you will be visiting as soon as you click on the short URL.
Trust level is shown by scanning the website using MacAfee antivirus. Hence if signal is ‘Red’ then don’t visit that site/page.
Just below the table it shows the IP address of the short link URL and mention that whether the detected IP address is listed in spamcop.net or not. Remember if detected IP is listed in spamcop.net then don’t visit that website or blog, it may harm your system.
Now you know the site’s actual URL and have glance of that page from screen shot, so, it’s your decision to visit that page or not.
Isn’t URL uncover is a useful web tool? Instead of visiting or bookmarking URLuncover.com web tool you can install its Chrome or Mozilla Extension for quick access.
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Using short URL is very important and handy when you have to remember the URL like for Google doc, Google form, etc. Instead of send long link to everyone online, just dictate the URL and let it pass to everyone through your speech instead of internet.
Don’t only feel free to use short URL but also feel free to visit the page link using short URL after ensuring its safety. Hope this will add to your security caution list.
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