When examining a long URL (e.g: https://www.yourbank.com/specialoffer) it is easy to determine whether the link points to where it is supposed to, as you can easily see first level domain name (e.g. www.yourbank.com), and check that it correct.
With short URLs however, you cannot do this, and the only way to see whether the link is bogus is to click on it (although savvy internet users know to never click on a link they are not sure about).
The thing is however, that shortened URLs are very useful, as some long URLs are very long indeed, and when posting to services such as Twitter (which imposes a 140 character message limit), they are an absolute must – we use short URLs for just this purpose here at BestVPN!
A solution to this problem is LongURL. This website allows you to simply cut and paste almost any shortened URL into its dialogue box, and it will provide details on the long URL it points to.
Simply paste in any shortened URL and hit ‘Expand’…
… and ta-da… You can see the full URL it directs to!
LongURL is a simple service that performs a very useful job without fuss, and so is a great addition to the toolkit of anyone who cares about security on internet the internet.
Also on the website is a handy and seemingly comprehensive list of URL shortening services, and a developer api for website developers who want to include LongURL functionality on their websites.
LongURL uses open source code.