We all know the usefulness of having the use of short URL. They are those web addresses where we can reduce their size to send them by email or other means of messaging online. A priori, is a great utility, since they are easier to remember for the user and take up less space. But, If we analyze it with more details, We will then see that it is better to avoid using.
The article has shown that shortening of URLs can have serious consequences for privacy. Since short URLs are such small, they are vulnerable to hacking by brute-force exploitation. This means that attackers can guess several short URL and read all that work. They found that the shared short URLs in a service in the cloud are effectively public. And in the case of Microsoft OneDrive, they are also vulnerable to malware injection.
In the case of cloud storage services, as Microsoft OneDrive, This not only leads to leakage of confidential documents, but that also allows anyone inject arbitrary malicious content in unlocked accounts. And worse, they are automatically copied on all devices of the account owner.
Google has chosen to lengthen URLs and block the automated scanning. And Microsoft no longer allows OneDrive users share files with URL reduced. Although previously shared links are still active and data remain vulnerable. The fact that private short URLs might become public is not only a reason to not shorten URLs. There are other reasons that below are.
You should not click on short URL
Many people use short and legitimate looking URL to hide the destination web site. Thus they attract users to fraudulent websites, or even to sites containing malware. Allow the user to some abreviadores URL (I mean, the person that shortens the URL) register the IP address of the destination, even if the user does not visit your website. Therefore, not a bad idea to be careful with short URLs, even if some seem legitimate. There are sites (como URLex.org O CheckShortURL.com) It offered short previews of destination URLs so that users can see what are the links that leads.
Can be useful if the url is very long type google result url as:
https://goo.gl/4iJFtG is equivalent to this one:
Not knowing the fate of short URLs
Even if it is not sharing a malicious link or spam, users do not know where to send them, and they may end up at a web site that usually decide not to visit. Therefore. This can make it less likely to click in the future about short URL. The link is complete and thus users can make a decision with legitimate information.
You will have less control if you use short URLs
Sometimes, the short URL is legitimate are reported as spam, What does URL shortening sites to be disabled. Some shortening services stop working (temporarily or permanently) or they end up in spam lists.
As we have seen, It is not a useful ta to make use of this type of short URLs. The use of the complete URL promotes honesty, transparency and good digital hygiene. Publish the short URL does the opposite. So, When is it best to use them?. Because on rare occasions, for instance, the fact of sharing a video on youtube, either, the url link location that offers google maps.
Update: visit this article on the disappearance of Short Google URL