I wanted to post a link to an original ad in a Referral thread, and when I pasted it into the reply, it was very, very
long. So I went to www.tinyurl.com
and made it short.
However Greg A. let me know that this poses a security risk, and that many places are banning the use of tinyurl.
So, I would like to know the moderator's thoughts on this.
1) Would you like us to forgo the use of "tiny url"?
2) If so, is there another good way to post links to super-long URLs?
I don't want to pose any sort of risk the the forum or its users, but I do think it's important/useful to share information, and so I like include the original source when posting about an ad or product.
PS: Edited to add that from the little reading I have now done, it looks like the risk isn't with the tiny urls themselves, but it's when people with ill intent use a tiny url to take people to a fake website. So, for example, if someone trusts me, and knows that I posted a tiny url, it's not that that
one can be dangerous. The danger would be if someone with ill intent planned it out, and posted a tiny url that they knew
went somewhere evil.
Apparently this is the use of the newer "preview" feature that tiny urls have (I wondered what that was for). The preview allows one to ascertain in advance where the link is taking them.
Greg A, if you are reading this, did I understand the problem correctly?