How-To Geek! Unpacks Shortened URLs and Provides Safety Rating

Shortened URLs sure are convenient and compact but they hide the destination URL.! is a free Chrome/Firefox extension that not only shows you the full URL but will even give you a safety rating–no need to click blindly again.

Install the extension for Chrome or Firefox and then, when you come across a shortened URL, simply right click on it and click “Unshorten this link” to see both the unpacked URL and a safety rating provided by Web of Trust and HPHosts.! is a free extension, available for both Chrome and Firefox.! [via Gizmo’s Freeware]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/16/12

Comments (6)

  1. srsly tho

    Its a shame that these URL shorteners don’t take you to a preview by default.
    So long as the default is to go straight to the shortened URL, they will be exploited.

  2. wagonman

    srsly.tho !

    Please explain.
    I never use shortened url as I am in the dark and not sure what happens if used.
    Much obliged.

  3. Vaidya

    How does one know that it is a shortened URL

  4. Sirmentio

    Thank god this exists! I almost fell for a Link that “let’s you ban a Kongregate account” Which really was that “Youareanidiot” Website (It hogs the CPU by opening a dozen copies of it’self and moves them wildly across the screen, until lag crashes your computer.)

  5. Sirmentio

    Ps: The link was given to someone else, not me, i told them not to visit it so they won’t crash their computer

  6. rasch

    I put this script in my .bashrc on linux to use curl and sed to return the actual URL. Now I can just type “resolveurl ” on the command line and it returns the actual url. It doesn’t get the help of web of trust but at least I know where I’m going.

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