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URL shortening – are these services now too big a security risk to use?

John E Dunn | June 27, 2016
Short, nasty and brutish – the troubled world of URL shortening abuse

- Some shortened link services have a better reputation than others

- Services exist to reveal the destination of shortened URLs, for example X-Ray. These will reveal the destination domain underneath the apparently harmless short URL.

For enterprises:

- If using corporate URL shortening, a mechanism for abuse feedback is essential, whether this is via a third-party or carried out by the company itself

- Use one with a decent reputation and the ability to scan for abuse such as Goo.gl

Source: Computerworld UK 

 

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