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Short URLs can be dangerous

Date: 2011-04-15 22:52:40

A recent report by symantic reported that in 2010, 65% of the malicious URLs observed on social networks were shortened URLs. This is an alarming figure.

URLs are links to websites. Usually these looks something like http://www.healthypasswords.com/ThirdParytSoftware.html. That URL, for example, is 55 characters long.

Twitter users only have 140 characters allowed per message, so a 55 character URL takes up over 1/3 of their allotted space. Tiny urls are a service that shorten a URL for you. Sites setup pointers to translate the long url to a short one for you.

I just used the tinyurl site to turn our previous example into http://tinyurl.com/3fcjezy , which is only 26 characters.

The problem with short urls is that you don't really know what you're going until you get there. The best way to protect yourself is to first check the validity of the short URL.

There are several sites that do this, and a few are rated poorly in site advisor and WOT. One that works well, and has a good rating is longurl.org. Because we could not find well rated sites, we created our own. Look at www.HealthyPasswords.com/urlexpand.html

One that I really liked was checkshorturl.com. The only problem is it has no ratings with siteadvisor, WOT or google. This category of website tool seems to have a large number of poorly rated sites, so stick to longurl.org until checkshorturl.com has time to get tested and rated by security companies.

5/24/2011 - Update

Security Week Update - Fake Url Shortenting

Category: Internet

Subcategory: Phishing

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