Shortened URLs, such as those from bit.ly and goo.gl, make it easy to type in a web address quickly but hard to tell where your web browser will actually take you.
- Before clicking a shortened URL, check for the full URL. Most URL shorteners—including those used at U-M—include a preview feature. In addition, there are several URL checkers available on the web.
- Before creating or sharing a shortened URL, consider alternatives. If you must use one, make clear where it goes.
- Be aware that criminals use shortened URLs to direct people to phishing sites and initiate malware downloads. If you are suspicious of a shortened URL, don’t click it.