The URL Shortening technique is amazing. It is basically used for converting a long URL into a shorter one. The shortened URL does not give you any information regarding the type of the link because the shortened URL is generally a combination of abrupt alphabets. It is obvious to be confused when you are going to click a shortened URL because it may be having malware or phishing or a spam.
A lot of spammers have been using the URL shortening technique for their malicious purposes and it was widespread due to the social communities such as Facebook or Twitter.Twitter uses its own t.co services for URL shortening and Google also has begun using its goo.gl URL shortening service.
Top 5 URL Expanders to Check Real URL Behind Shortened URL
You will find here five different URL expanders that would enable you to see through the shortened URLs to know its content. Let’s have a look on them.
It is one of the best URL revealing services that can be used to expanding the shortened URLs. One of the major cons of this service is that it does not provide you any details about the URL. It just enables you to expend the URL.
You just need to visit Where Does This Link Go and insert your shortened URL and click to the button “Expand”.
It is an amazing service that does not only reveal the URL, but also identifies any p**n, phishing, malware or spam content behind that URL. It retrieves the IP address of the site and detects the spam. It also checks whether the site exists in the DNS-based Blackhole list. All of the shortened URLs created in Bit.ly, Goo.gl, TinyUrl or in many other services are supported by this tool. It does not give you the details about the website, but also provides you the article title, content description, IP address, redirects’ number, pagerank and the location of the server.
It supports not only bit.ly, tinyurl, tr.im, but a lot of other URL shortening services. It is also available in a mobile version. It provides you a Google Chrome extension and a toolbar that will enable you to get the original URLs behind the shortened ones. But it does not give you the detailed description of the content of the URL. Yet, it facilitates you to scan the doubted links for malware and viruses.
You can use “Virus Scan Link” option to scan the URL online. When you click this option, it will take you to another webpage to provide you the details about the website. The scanning report is generated by Google.
It is the best URL expanding service for revealing the shortened URL. It provides you free bookmarklet. You can install it into the bookmark toolbar of your browser. This program supports Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and various other browsers. Though it is assured that it will not disturb your browser while expanding the links, but it expands the link in a separate window or tab.
The check Short url is a fast service that has not only expanded the url, but also provide you the information about it. It gives you the detail about keywords, title, author page and description. It also provides you the information whether the link is dead or alive. It supports Google, Safari, Norton, Sucuri, Site Advisor, Browser Defender and Web of Trust to enable you identify the link whether it is safe or not. It also provides you a tool for customization of the short urls and to remember them easily.