the JoshMeister on Security: How to Preview Shortened URLs (TinyURL, bit.ly, is.gd, and more)

On many social networks, it’s a common practice to use shortened redirect URLs rather than linking directly to the (often much longer) original URL of a page. This is especially common when character limits are imposed, such as Twitter’s 140 character maximum.

This is a great article with short & quick guidance on how to be safe when utilizing URL shortening services.  They are terrific tools but must certainly be used with caution…

Source: the JoshMeister on Security: How to Preview Shortened URLs (TinyURL, bit.ly, is.gd, and more).

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Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

I’ve fallen into this bad habit on occasion as well.  The laptop is handy, I just need to check a few emails…I wonder if there is wifi available here…lucky me, I’m getting a pretty good signal…

Take heed, just because you can access the Internet doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.  It is not difficult for hackers to set up a wifi connection that listens for and steals whatever information passes through the access point.

Make sure you know what you’re connecting to, who is running it, and utilize a good level of security while doing it.  If the access point is not secure then don’t do anything over the connection with personal or private information.

Source: Wireless Cybercriminals Target Clueless Vacationers – Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News – FOXNews.com

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