Do Shortened URL's Present a Security Risk?

Well, yes, sometimes.  As I've mentioned in my Security Awareness Seminars, you can "see" where a link will take you, by hovering over it in your web browser, and looking at the actual URL the link is directing you to.  But. . . this is no help when it's shortened link.

What's a "shortened link?" You've seen them, most often in social media posts, where a short link takes you to a site with a "Yuge Link."  For example,   a link for "Bitly" - one of the popular link shortners aroundwill really take you to:

Which is a really good article on shortened links.  Click on either of the links above to take you there, and learn more about how to safely browse to sites that use shortened links!