This guide shows you how to conveniently Preview goo.gl, ow.ly, bit.ly, sn.im, tiny.cc and Other Popular Short Links right on your mobile phone.
This is to make it convenient for messaging platform like twitter which has a maximum of 140-character in a tweet. For instance, the URL http://www.mobilebankingwatch.com/2014/09/social-banking-gatekeeping-Facebook-page-comments.html?m=1 can be shortened to http://goo.gl/fVTmHP.
And dubious people are consistently using them to gain access to personal data, particularly on your mobile device because mobile banking is now the new paradigm shift.
bit.ly;tinyURL;ow.ly;goo.gl;t.co;yhoo.it; ye.pe; youtu.be; vb.ly; wapo.st, zipmyurl.com; yuarel.com; xrl.us; updating.me;wp.me;ping.fm; politi.co;
readthis.ca;retwt.me; rickroll.it;nyti.ms; post.ly; xutl.jp; url.ie; ulu.lu;tmi.me; to. ; tpm.ly; nn.nf; j.mp;its.my;is.gd;hulu.com; href.in; gurl.es;
oriel.ly;bloom.bg;cnet.co;shorl.com;bbc.in;amzn.to; ff.im; fb.me; flic.kr; easyurl.net;disg.us; aol.it; buff.ly; dai.ly; mash.to
Add a plus sign (+) immediately after the entire goo.gl URL
this short URL links to http://www.mobilebankingwatch.com/2014/09/social-banking-gatekeeping-Facebook-page-comments.html?m=1
Add a plus sign (+) immediately after the bit.ly URL address
http://bit.ly1tfvOfd will be
http://bit.ly1tfvOfd+ and clicking on it eventually takes you to this long URL http://www.mobilebankingwatch.com/2014/11/20-best-anti-fraud-websites-mbw-choice.html?m=1
Bit.ly Pro (Known as Bitly Enterprise)
Add a plus sign (+) immediately after any bit.ly enterprise accounts like bbc.in, oriel.ly e.t.c. use the same code as bit.ly for bitly enterprise short links
Note: All bit.ly enterprise accounts are paid for. And such accounts use unique and short custom URLs that link exclusively to their own websites Except oreil.ly and a few of others.
bbc.in is managed by BBC News; aol.it is owned by AOL; bloom.bg belongs to Bloomberg News; amazon.com is the owner of amzn.to; nyti.ms ( owned by The New York Times); while politico.com’s short link is politi.co
No code is needed, it automatically shows where a link goes. It gives you the long URL version of any short link.
If you click or copy this URL http://➡.ws/mobilebanking to your browser, tinyarro.ws instantly shows you the original destination point of the link, which is:
The short link could still further be shortened.
Click on “Never Show A URL Preview Again” if you wish to disable the automatic preview, but it’s better to let it automatically show you the destination URL.
Add hyphen sign (-) at the end of is.gd URL to preview its short link
http://is.gd/sYowxJ goes to: http://www.mobilebankingwatch.com/2014/09/phishiology-forms-and-samples-of-Phishing-scams.html?m=1
Conversely, if you use http://is.gd/sYowxJ- it will still take you to the above long version. For your protection, is.gd will warn you that, “Shortened links can go anywhere on the internet so shouldn’t continue if you got the link from a suspicious source e.g. junk email.”
Add the word, “preview” immediately after http:// then dot (.) tinyurl.com to see the destination link
instead of http://www.mobilebankingwatch.com/2014/08/hijackrat-malware-uninstalls-8-banking-apps.html?m=1 which is a 94-character URL
Note: TinyURL allows you to either “enable preview feature” or “disable previews” I prefer to set my preferences to show a preview of the URL before directly going to any TinyURL link.
Add “peek.” Before snipurl.com
http://peek.snipurl.com/29etdwu . Copy the one with peek and paste in your favourite browser to verify the authenticity of the link before clicking on the extended long URL.
Add “peek.” Before snipr.com
turns to http://peek.snipr.com/29etntk copying the second extension will reveal where you will be landing at.
Add “peek.” Before snurl.com
If you add “peek” to http://snurl.com/29etq9h, http://peek.snurl.com/29etq9h will take you to a loooooong URL. You can try it. Copy the second link into your browser to view where it goes.
Add “peek” before sn.im
e.g http://sn.im/29gu0aj becomes http://peek.sn.im/29gu0aj
Add “peek” to preview any of them
Note: the five short link extensions are synonymous.
No code or sign is needed to preview cligs link, it automatically shows you the originals link.
If you copy and paste http://cli.gs/49w8nup into your browser, cligs shows you where the redirect URL goes. If the long version of the URL is your original (say bank URL), there is an option, “Click here to visit this page!”
Make sure that where the link is taking you is not a mimic of your bank URL. If it’s not what you are sure of, stay away or delete it.
At the end of a tiny.cc URL, add a tilde “~”
Sample: http://tiny.cc/wml7px~ takes you to one of MBW articles, “How to register for AccessMoney”. If you paste the shortened URL into your browser, it shows you the original URL.
No need of adding sign, it shows you the landing address automatically
How to Use SURL redirection
Input the website of your choice into the “ Target” bar
Select from the four available method available
Click on “make this URL”
Note: Short URL, Long URL, Huge URL, and ARE YOU NUTS???? are the four different methods you can choose from, depending on what you want to achieve.