6 Handy Tools To Expand Short URLs

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You see many short links on Twitter, but have you ever wondered whether they lead to a safe website? The short links could lead directly to some harmful Trojan/malware for all you know.

These websites will allow you to find the true URL the short links redirect to making your decision easier as to whether you should open them or not.

It is not mandatory, but as a means of safety precaution to enter your short link into a website like the ones mentioned below to avoid phising, malware, and viruses (if any) present in the short-links.

LongURL

LongURL is an online website that allows users to uncover the actual website where the short link is leading to; you never know where the short links are leading until you open them and try the links out.

Currently, LongURL supports the following short-linking services – tinyurl.com, is.gd, ping.fm, ur1.ca, bit.ly, snipurl.com, tweetburner.com, and more.

To find where the short link is redirecting, just enter the short-link into the space provided on the website and click on the “Expand” button to expand the short-link into the large link, which shows exactly to which website the URL is linking.

Where does this link go

If you want to use a super simplistic website in discovering the origins of the short-link, I would suggest trying Where Does This Link Go out.

The website has an amazingly simplistic user-interface making the whole process easy, not to mention fast.

Just paste the short-link into the provided URL text-box and the site will automatically display to you the link where the short-link redirects. If the link is shady, then do not visit it. If the website is just as you had expected, feel free to visit it.

URL X-Ray

As the name of the website suggests, URL X-Ray is an online website and tool that allows users to expand short links into full fledge links ensuring there is no trickery involved and that the link leads to exactly where it is supposed to lead.

At times, viruses, malware and phishing scams are disguised in the form of short-link and the moment the user opens them up they are infected by the “viruses, malwares and phishing scam bots”.

Just paste the short-link URL into the URL text box and click the button that reads “X-ray” to X-ray the short link and find the true destination of the short-link. If the link is leading where it is supposed to, you can go ahead and visit it.

LinkPeelr

LinkPeelr is an online website where users can paste their short links into and find the true destination of the short-link. If the short-link proves to be leading to a trust worthy location, just click the “Follow” button to follow the link.

You will need to press the “Peel” button after pasting the short link into the URL box to find the actual URL of the short link.

Sucuri

Be a safe Internet browser and if you encounter a short link on your Twitter account in your mentions or even on your Twitter streamline or anywhere just be sure to check if the URL is safe or not.

Just paste the URL into the URL text-box and click on the “Verify” box to expand the URL and verify if the URL is safe or not.

If the URL proves to be safe, you can visit it freely, if the URL is not safe and redirects to some shady website, then it would be advisable not to visit the website as it may be a phishing scam, or malware.

Urlex

Urlex is an online website and tool that allows users to expand short links that may be made by any link-shortening website – ow.ly or Twitter itself, which shortens URLs as you paste link into the Twitter post and publish.

Urlex allows users to paste in multiple shortened URLS and expand them in one-go allowing users to find the destinations of multiple links in one go.

There you have it folks. These are some six websites that we suggest you visit the next time you think about opening up a short link you received over Twitter (the place where you are bound to see the most). You never know if the link is directing to a virus, or the actual site – so just make sure.

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  • http://www.semidoppel.com/ Semidoppel

    It is my first time to know that there are also link expanders. All I knew is “link shortening”, the same way Twitter shortens a default URL.