Q: Check Shortened Links Before Clicking

xptrish
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      • You've probably seen shortened (or tiny) links on Facebook and Twitter. These replace long, complex Web addresses with much shorter, generic addresses.
      • That's good for saving space in posts on social media sites, but aren't that great for your Web security. Hackers and scammers can hide malicious websites and downloads behind these generic links, and you won't know until you click it
        Before blindly clicking on a shortened link, run it through DecryptLinks first. Just copy and paste the tiny address into the Decrypt field.
            The site will then give you the long version of that address. This way, you will know where the link is going before you click.
      xptrish posted Feb 10, 2013
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      Acidbaby
      Ive gotten 2 virus/trojans in about 15 years of being online. No need to be afraid of a link or a file. Run a decent AV suite, use a more secure browser, hardware firewall and you will be fine. Ive downloaded thousands upon thousands of albums, movies, games, programs, and I dont worry about security because if you configure your pc correctly there is no need to be.
      Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Feb 10, 2013
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      xptrish
      There in lies the problem.."If you confugure it correctly" some people are just "point and click" and don't either feel comfortable with altering settings or just don't think they know how. This is just an added sense of security that you can check that link instead of hoping that your anti virus is up to date or will catch it. Having to have a hard drive replaced once this is a quick check,can't be too safe these days.
      Like you in the past years I've had maybe 3 or 4,but it's still nerve wracking wondering what info they got ahold of,if any.Having to reset passwords and such,What a headache!
      xptrish (rep: 71.8k) posted Feb 10, 2013
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      DealLeader
      What is also different now, is that many times phishers are using social media to send shortened links to catch people's attention.

      A great offense against these kinds of attacks is to use OpenDNS for your DNS servers. That service blocks your ability to go to compromised web sites.
      DealLeader (rep: 7.68k) posted Feb 10, 2013
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      Acidbaby
      Well im more a show the people how to fish, feed them for a lifetime kind of person. But you are correct, most people dont have a clue and rely on a piece of garbage security suite such as Norton and dont have a clue let alone know how to configure their router.
      Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Feb 10, 2013
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      erick99
      I agree with Acidbaby and in general, if I am not sure, I won't click on it. Too many very clever viruses out there well-hidden in shortened URLs.
      erick99 (rep: 17.6k) posted Feb 11, 2013
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