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How to find original URL Hidden behind a Shorten URL Link
« on: December 28, 2013, 11:41:55 PM »

If you follow famous social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ you might see small Shortened URL’s which are redirected to the other pages. Instead of using full and ugly large URL, they make it short and friendly.
There are many URL shortening services like bit.ly, ow.ly, goo.gl, is.gd etc. These services help us to track the geographic location and no of clicks on a specific URL. This information is used to calculate the customer interests and the place where the clicks are coming from.
 How Shorten URL’s are used on the internet. The internet is a place where you find links everywhere. Sometimes there could be a shorten URL link and you do not know where it leads to. The page you are going to land through that link may contain virus or malware.
If you consider bloggers, they shorten the long affiliate URL and redirect it to their affiliate sales page. Hackers use shortened URL to spread malware, virus and to hide phishing links.
To avoid this type of situation you have to know where the particular shorten URL leads to without clicking on it.
 Tools to Find Original Long URL behind a Shorten URL Let me take an example of shorten URL from Afriwap.
http://shar.es/9a8tm ======> http://www.afriwap.com
If you are using Google Chrome browser here is an add-on that shows the hidden URL when you hover on it.
LinkPeelr For Google Chrome
find original URL Hidden behind a Shorten URL height=226
I personally use linkpeelr extension.
Here are the other similar add-ons you can try on your Browser.
Expand – Chrome Extension
View Thru – Chrome Extension
By hovering the shorten URL you can estimate where the shorten URL leads to and know whether it is a spammy link, affiliate link or a normal link.
If you are using Firefox Browser here are the add-ons
LongURL for Firefox
Long URL Please
Online Services to Expand Shortened URL UnFurlr
Unfurlr is a project of MailChimp to protect against Shortened URL attacks. Unfurlr scan and gathers the technical details of the shorten URL without loading the content on your browser.
Here are the two other websites offer similar services.
Hope you all like this article, if you know any other services that I forgot let us know through comments.


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