Danger of shortened URLs

Wikipedia: “Another use of URL shortening is to disguise the underlying address. Although this may be desired for legitimate business or personal reasons, it is open to abuse.”

https://bdemarest.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/danger-of-shortened-urls/ shortened to  http://wp.me/p1adOj-48.

http://www.wellsfargo.com could be shortened to http://bit.ly/urlWellsF or http://tinyurl.com/ulrWellsF. However, they could also be pointing to http://www.StealYourLogin.com.

The goal of Phishing emails is to trick you into revealing your information. The email contains a link that appears real, but it isn’t. The web-site looks like the real site, but it isn’t. When you enter your user name and password, you have opened your account to the thief.

Shortened URLs have made this easier. We have started to get use to  bit.ly/iYsdGa or yhoo.it/yyGvrT. We click without thinking. Oops your bank account is now empty.


If the click sends you to a site that requests login information, or other personal information, do not enter it. Close the page and reopen the page by typing the url or using a trusted link in favorites. Then enter your information.

Be wise. Be safe.

FTC Phishing Advise: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm

About Bruce Demarest

Bruce Demarest is a Identity Theft Protection Specialist. He has designed and taught classes to educate individuals and businesses in identity theft risk management. The individuals have learned how to continuously monitor their financial identities from credit fraud, plus how to monitor their personal identifying information for unauthorized use. His business clients have become compliant with the federal & state privacy laws. He has conducted information security audits to identify their potential problems and has designed security policies, programs, and practices to address those problem areas.
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