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Privacy and security threats of short links

25
Aug
2023
Privacy and security threats of short links

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Short links are everywhere these days. All these bit.ly, ow.ly, t.co, t.me, tinyurl.com and the like have long since become a familiar part of the online landscape. So familiar, in fact, that most users click on them without thinking twice. But thinking is never a bad thing. With that in mind, we explain below how short links work and what privacy and security threats they can pose.

What happens when you click on a short link?

When you click on a short link, you almost go straight to the intended destination, which is the address specified by the user who created the link. Almost, but not quite: the actual route takes a quick detour via the URL shortener service.

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