Sometimes I open suspicious links on my smartphone to see where they lead as I would be glad to destroy my phone before destroying my computer.
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> On Jan 16, 2015, at 9:11 PM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> So do I. But even then it needs to be clearly what no one else could
> say: I opened a link that came from a friend's address and had her
> information and a couple of lines like hers: it cost me a destroyed
> mother board, three weeks to get it fixed, and hundreds of dollars.
> So if anyone thinks this is a safe way to send things, don't.
>>>> Carrol Cox 01/16/15 8:53 PM >>>
> Interesting. My chief criterion for 'trusting' a link is that the person
> who sends it writes at least a paragraph of his/her own. I delete
> without investigation any post that contains a naked URL.
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> From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Rickard A. Parker
> Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 4:44 PM
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> Subject: OT - tech talk on safety of youtu.be domain
> A little tech talk here about the domain youtu.be and how it is safe.
> In Carrol's recent post I noticed a link to http://bit.ly/UTQpm and I've
> used used links to http://tinyurl.com before on the TSE list. The bit.ly
> version is shorter partly because the top level domain is "ly" (for
> Lybia) and partly because "bit" is shorter than "tinyurl." That may be
> significant in tweets. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/URL_shortening
> Anyway, one problem with these shortened URLs is that you may end up at
> a site that you would not otherwise want to visit. I once almost
> clicked a link to youtu.be before I realized that it could have done me
> damage. Turns out that it wouldn't. Both youtube.com and youtu.be
> ("be" for Belgium) are owned by Google and Google supplies a URL
> shortener to make tweets to its videos easier.
> Here is an explanation I picked up:
> To use youtu.be manually, simply take a URL like
> and replace the “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=”
> to get:
> Plug that shorter URL into a browser, and you’ll
> see it redirects to that video.
> Rick Parker