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The American Genius

How to get branded shortened URLs like the big brands
The American Genius
Before Rebrandly, customized shortened URLs were exclusively used by big, international brands. Nike, for example, shortens their links to swoo.sh and The New York Times to nyti.ms. The shortened links are not only easier to share, but also give a ...


Motherboard

British Spies Used a URL Shortener to Honeypot Arab Spring Dissidents
Motherboard
A now-defunct free URL shortening service—lurl.me—was set up by GCHQ that enabled social media signals intelligence. Lurl.me was used on Twitter and other social media platforms for the dissemination of pro-revolution messages in the Middle East.


Telegraph.co.uk

Yep, Dodgy Video Links Are Crashing iPhones
Gizmodo Australia
But certain videos living online — or even videos sent directly through over-the-top messaging services like WhatsApp — can crash your phone. As a general rule, stay away from any bit.ly or other URL shortening and redirection services until this is ...
This Video Will CRASH ANY iPhone!YouTube
This 5-second video will crash your iPhoneThe Verge
Warning: a corrupted video currently crashing iPhones : apple - RedditReddit
The Guardian
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Forbes

5 Reasons You Should Stop Shortening URLs - Forbes
Forbes
A recent paper published by Cornell Tech researchers showed that shortened URLs can be cracked to spy on people—but that's just one reason to avoid bit.ly ...

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Creative Boom (blog)

Getting ready for Christmas: How to prepare for the festive break as a small business
Creative Boom (blog)
Bitly isn't just a very helpful URL shortening service, it gives you complete ownership of all your links, allowing you to capture data and track the effectiveness of your tweets and updates. Even better, it also stops people from knowing where you're ...


Ars Technica

Guess what? URL shorteners short-circuit cloud security
Ars Technica
When used to share data protected by credentials included in the Web address associated with the content, these services could allow an attacker to gain access to data simply by searching through the entire address space for a URL-shortening service in ...
Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened URLs to Spy on PeopleWIRED
URL shorteners may be compromising link securityDigital Trends
URL shorteners like Bitly and Goo.gl can expose personal data from your cloud driveInternational Business Times UK
The Next Web -Softpedia News
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Inquirer

British spooks used in-house 'lurl.me' URL shortener to track targets ...
Inquirer
BRITISH INTELLIGENCE established its own URL shortening service in a bid to track activists during the recent-ish 'Arab Spring' and as a way to distribute nasty ...
GCHQ used 'lurl.me' URL shortening service to attack and track ...Computing

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Naked Security

Google and Microsoft's shortened URLs make it easy to spy on people
Naked Security
Shortened URLs are convenient: they're a whole lot easier to handle than unwieldy strings that email messes up with line breaks when you cut and paste them. But that same brevity also makes URLs from the likes of bit.ly, Google and Microsoft easier to ...
Security Researchers Give You A Good Reason Not To Use Shortened URLsTech Times
Shortened URLs could be susceptible to cyber attacks | ITProPortalITProPortal
Short URLs putting privacy and security at riskSC Magazine UK
Lifehacker UK -Security Intelligence (blog)
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CNET

10 links to shorten your links
CNET
Link or URL shortening services are nothing new--TinyURL, for example, has been around since January 2002, when site creator Kevin Gilbertson wanted to link directly to newsgroup postings with really long addresses. Indeed, that's the true impetus ...


Observer

Why Using URL Shorteners May Expose Your Private Information
Observer
Anyone can gather information about their site's visitors simply by signing up for a URL shortening service, like Bitly, Buffer, or Owly and running their URL through the provided tool. The user can share this shortened link in an email, social media ...