Shortened URL Security # matchurl

Shortened URL Security # matchurl

14.Sep.2021

Before clicking a shortened URL, check for the full URL. Most URL shorteners—including those used at U-M—include a preview feature. If you aren't sure it is safe, don't click!

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.

For more information about creating and sharing links securely, visit http://wiselyspent.umich.edu/

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activity 1: In order to demonstrate your understanding of this article's main points, please write a 1-2 sentence summary that captures the essence of what you just read.

 

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. If you aren't sure it is safe, don't click! 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."

 

activity 2: In order to demonstrate your understanding of this article's main points, please write a 1-2 sentence summary that captures the essence of what you just read.

 

"Before clicking a shortened URL, check for the full URL. Most URL shorteners—including those used at U-M—include a preview feature. If you aren't sure it is safe, don't click! Before creating or sharing a shortened URL, consider alternatives. If you must use one, make clear where it goes."

Activity 3: How can people tell if shortened URLs lead to phishing sites? What are some alternatives they could use instead of using these types of links? For more information about creating and sharing links securely visit http://wiselyspent.umich.edu/.

In order to demonstrate your understanding of this article's main points, please write a 1-2 sentence summary that captures the essence of what you just read.

 

People can tell if shortened URLs lead to phishing sites because the shorteners must provide a preview link for people who use them. Instead, they could visit U-M's Wisely Spent site or use many other alternatives instead of using these types of links.

 

Activity 4: In order to demonstrate your understanding of this article's main points, please write a 1-2 sentence summary that captures the essence of what you just read.

The author is asking readers to consider sharing their own thoughts about this topic on social media rather than sharing shortened URLs.

 

Activity 5: Identify the author's purpose. How does this article communicate this? Do you think it meets its objective? Why or why not?

This article is trying to inform readers about the dangers of using short links in social media posts, whether retweeted or posted themselves. It communicates this by telling stories about URL shorteners and their associated risks, as well as how U-M discourages students from using these types of links for security purposes. I think it meets its objective because it provides good information that any person who visits U-M would benefit from knowing. However, because people are more inclined to follow what they see on social media than read articles like this one, I don't think that it would be as effective as it could be.

Activity 6: In one or two sentences, summarize the key message of this article. This article is a guide to understanding URLs and their shortened forms. It explains what they are, how they work, and why you should avoid them if possible.

The key message of this article is to understand URLs and their shortened forms, explain how they work, and why you should avoid them if possible.

 

Activity 7: In one sentence only answer the following question: What conclusion does this article lead people to? Why? The conclusion that this article leads people to is that using short links from services such as bitly can have less obvious consequences than expected because of security risks even from seemingly trustworthy sources.

The conclusion that this article leads people to is that using short links from services such as bitly can have less obvious consequences than expected because of security risks even from seemingly trustworthy sources.

Use this section to provide any other relevant information about the source. Not all questions will apply.

 

This article was written by an author at Michigan State University on behalf of their school, but its advice is generalizable to U-M students and anyone else who uses shortened URLs for social media posts, whether retweeted or posted themselves. It was published online on October 20th, 2015 by MSU's "State News."

 

It is accessible online at: https://statenews.com/article/2015/10/how-to-stay-safe-on-twitter

References:

https://statenews.com/article/2015/10/how-to-stay-safe-on-twitter

Summary of this article provided by the author.

This article was published on October 20th, 2015 in "State News," a Michigan State University publication. It discusses how to stay safe when using shortened URLs and includes examples from Twitter's policies and warnings about what can happen if proper precautions aren't taken, including phishing sites and malware downloads without acknowledgement that these services are often used for malicious purposes by criminals trying to take advantage of unsuspecting web users. It is written in a tone that is formal and authoritative, but it provides helpful and important information and advice for university students and anyone else who shares short links online or is exposed to them on social media sites.

 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/10/21/wikipedia_blocks_govt_edits_after_turkish_censorship.html

Summary Provided by the author:

"Wikipedia Blocks Government Edits After Turkish Censorship," reports Slate Magazine, after Wikipedia blocked edits from computers in Turkey in retaliation against Ankara's censorship of Wikipedia content.' This article discusses how Wikipedia has been censored in Turkey since early October when government censors started banning access to Wikipedia pages about Abdullah Oğuz, a former Turkish police officer who is accused of being behind the 2013 bombing of a police training center in Beşiktaş. The article reports that late on Monday, Turkish authorities took another step in censoring the site by blocking all access to Wikipedia inside Turkey because it would not remove entries containing content about Abdullah Oğuz and other individuals whom Turkish authorities have accused of involvement in the Istanbul bomb attacks.

 

This source comes from Slate Magazine online and was published November 2nd, 2015. It provides general news for American audiences and does not directly apply to Michigan State University or U-M students. Because it discusses events that occurred at different times than when was published, it may be considered

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