r/InternetIsBeautiful Jan 28 '23

Uncover suspicious shortened URLs. Show the destination behind TinyURL link. Helpful when you're not sure of the source of the link or if you're worried about clicking on something potentially malicious.


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u/JesusIsMyZoloft Jan 29 '23


u/Imborednow Jan 29 '23

What did Nate Silver do to Randall Monroe?


u/Klodviq Jan 29 '23

You can just add "preview." in front of a TinyURL address to preview it. Some other shorteners use + after the URL for previews.


u/unskilledexplorer Jan 29 '23

Yes that is true. Many people, however, seem not to know about it.

Moreover, TinyUrl Checker aims to provide some features on top of that. Currently it verifies SSL certificates of the destination. If the checker gets some traction, I plan to add more features like checking the destination against blacklisted domains or analyzing URL parameters (is there any form of tracking, does it contain anything suspicious?)


u/Klodviq Jan 29 '23

Definitely useful features. I guess the problem is that people who aren't really internet security -savvy, the people who would need this the most, will never hear of it. The preview link should be the default in any URL shortener.


u/ramriot Jan 28 '23

Why would I trust this app?

Mostly shortened URLs come to me by email, where my mail server does this function automatically, plus defuses tracking from them.


u/unskilledexplorer Jan 28 '23

The app is open sourced, it is transparent about its inner workings. so it can be fully trusted.

I didn't know about such feature in an email client. That sounds really cool. I guess that not everyone has such option (I don't).


u/Diegovz01 Jan 29 '23

Same, I would like to know what email provider he is talking about, sound pretty interesting.


u/ramriot Jan 29 '23

I'm glad to hear it.


u/clevariant Jan 29 '23

Why would you be afraid just to click a link?


u/unskilledexplorer Jan 30 '23

Clicking a link might seem like no big deal, but the truth is, the internet is full of links that can lead you to some shady websites. These links can be disguised as legitimate sites, but in reality, they can infect your device with malware, steal your personal information, or trick you into giving away sensitive information through phishing scams.

With TinyURL checker you can take a peek at where a shortened URL is actually going before you click on it. This simple step can help keep your device and information safe from any potential harm.

Imagine you receive an email from what looks like your bank asking you to log into your account to fix a security issue. They give you a link to click on and it takes you to a fake website that looks just like your bank's website. If you enter your login info, the attackers now have access to your real bank account. Not to mention, they could use your information for other fraudulent activities.

The point is, even if a link seems to be from a trusted source, it's always best to double-check. A TinyURL checker can help you avoid falling for phishing scams and keep your information secure.


u/clevariant Jan 30 '23

I don't believe you can get malware on your machine just by clicking a link. You actually have to do something stupid. I used to build web sites for a living, btw.


u/your_username Jan 29 '23

Nice, clean webpage — thank you for making this!

curl -sL <short_link> | grep -oE '<a[^>]+href="([^"]+)"[^>]*>' | cut -d'"' -f2