One of my biggest concerns about link-shorteners has always been that the receiver has no way of knowing where the link takes them until the click it. That might be OK with people you know and trust on social media and email, but that’s only a small portion of the things that we are asked to click on every day. Having access to a tool that will let you check a link without visiting the site can be a handy way to make sure the link is somewhat safe before you click it.
“It doesn’t matter whether the link you received is a standard-length URL or shortened. If it is dangerous in any way, the link checking tool should alert you to this. If the links are going to take you to a compromised website, the link checker highlight this immediately. Similarly, direct links to malware, ransomware and other risks should be reported by these tools.
Several sites are available to help you uncover the truth about those dodgy links. The following five sites are all favorites, but we’d advise checking more than one at any given time, to help you get the best results from your inquiries.”
Be suspicious, and check before you click.