Shortened URLS are dangerous – be very cautious

If you receive a shortened URL in your email, or private message box, the chance is there that it could be a dangerous shortened URL, but how are you going to find out if it is a dangerous URL? In this post, we are going to explain what a shortened URL exactly is, and how you can find out if it is a dangerous URL or not.

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What is a shortened URL

A shortened URL, is a URL which has been processed by an URL shortening service, these services create a second link for the first link in their own database. This allows them to create short URLS for the original URL.

So for example, if we take:

 cyberwarzone.com/123123131314214/213213213/123123123151125112515/final.gif

we can see that this link is very long and not nice to send to others.

But once we send the example URL to an URL shortening service, they will be able to shorten the URL.