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| Russia, US Elections & Your Computer T-345

Ami Raz    
Saturday, 27 June 4:45 PM

Beware of shortened URLs (links).

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An URL, short for Uniform Resource Locator, is a link to a website address.  A typical URL looks like this:  https://www.janglo.net/index.php?option=com_adsmanager&page=display&catid=165&tid=474762. 

Here are a few examples of shortened URLs:

  • http://bit.ly/2crJXI3
  • goo.glgoo.gl/ON5FBw
  • ow.lyhttp://ow.ly/O4iy307tNGp
  • http://tinyurl.com/jbu5n38

  • Since the actual website address is hidden, this method is often used by hackers to conceal the names of malicious websites or malware.

    It seems as if the last US elections saw Russian hacking via shortened URLs.  Since the US is having another election soon, it's a good idea to be extra-careful.

    For more info:

    My recommendation:

    To be on the safe side, don't click on shortened URLs UNTIL you use a website or browser extension which will expand your shortened URL first.  My favorite website is:  https://unshorten.it/.  It gives you the original, unshortened URL as well as a report on the URL's trustworthiness and even provides a preview snapshot of the linked screen.

    Emails with no subject and a shortened link:

    Ever get an email from someone you know with no subject and no content -- except for a shortened link?  Chances are, you are getting an email from a hacked account or from someone's hacked address book -- and you are being directed to a malicious website.

    For more information, check out my Janglo post "CompuTip - No Subject J-155."


    Be Well,

    Ami Raz - Computer Solutions

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