Always See The Long URL With This Firefox Extension

By Daniel Scocco

Sometime ago I wrote that we should be careful with shortened links, because you never know where they are pointing to, and sometimes merely visiting a malicious site could compromise your browser, passwords and the like.

In that post I had also suggested a website you can use to reveal the real destination behind any shortened link, but I realize that going to a website and copying and pasting the thing every time you see a shortened link these days is impractical.

It turns out there is a better solution: a Firefox extension that will do the un-shortening on the fly for you. It is called Long URL Please. Here is a screenshot from their website:

long-url-firefox

I think it is a good idea, given the spread of both shortened links and malicious sites on the web these days. What do you think?



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16 Responses to “Always See The Long URL With This Firefox Extension”

  • Josh Garcia

    Hey Daniel,

    Thanks for sharing this! I sometimes don’t click on shorten links for that reason not knowing where it is going to point to.

    Great find!
    Josh

  • Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire

    Great quick tip Daniel. There is so much spam, malware, and virus garbage out there that it’s really nice to be able to unlock the secret of what’s really behind the shortened link.

    -Joshua Black
    The Underdog Millionaire

  • Greg Strosaker

    I’ve been using this add-on for quite some time, so much so that I now take it for granted. It adds a great deal of comfort and confidence in using Twitter and the like to know where these shortened links are really taking you, and I’m sure I’ve avoided issues on numerous occasions.

  • Vivek @ InfoEduTech

    thanks for this gr8 tip.

  • Stephanie – Home with the Kids

    I like that. There have been times where I haven’t wanted to click on a shortened link, especially after fighting off a particularly stubborn virus on my husband’s computer.

  • David Walker

    Thanks for the information, Daniel. That will definitely come in handy. I don’t click on short links for that exact reason and was unaware of the firefox extension. I will definitely be trying that out today! Your insight is most appreciated. Now I finally won’t have to worry about what site I will be directed to. Thanks again!!

  • Lee Ka Hoong

    I rarely click on link that I don’t know where I’ll point to, especially shorten URL such as TinyURL and etc. I’ve not heard about this tool before, so once install this firefox extension and it will break the short URL into the exact long URL?

    Thanks for sharing Daniel!

    Regards,
    Lee

  • Chester

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this before. At least now I know where would that shortened link would go when I install that firefox extension. Great tip Daniel!

  • Dana @ Blogging Tips Blog

    Very useful tool. It will help me to know where I will go when click shortened link.

  • Pankaj – BloggersDesire

    Now that is a really useful add on. I will be installing it soon. 🙂

  • Glen

    Great advice Daniel, I never ever thought of the short url’s every being a security risk. I am glad you brung that up.

  • Young

    I have compared 10 URL expanded services on my blog, and LongURL is really a nice one, though I do not care much about clicking on some shit short URLs, since they get my attentions at least.

  • John

    Thanks for sharing this! I hate those short links and this is by far the easiest way to see what you’re really clicking on!

  • Sujith-Techlineinfo

    I too agree with you Daniel. Check the spam message in the Gmail Spam box-most of the links in such messages are url shortened. It can lead to malicious sites. Spammers are using URL shortening to mask the real identity.

  • Oemar

    I Like it.. very-very like..
    Thanks for share this tool.. 😀

  • Mike

    Good one…no need to open URL as in short URL’s you have to open them to see the exact URL and this extension save time while opening these URL’s

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