Short Link Security and Protecting Your Content

Short Link Security and Protecting Your Content

Short links are an essential function of the web. The simplicity and ease of short links can also be a vulnerability. A team of security researchers at Cornell decided to test how easy it’d be to generate random short links to see if they work.

Here’s what they found

This last point is a huge security risk because an attacker could easily upload malware to cloud services, which then distributes itself through automatic device and account synchronization. Once on a computer or a device, the attacker can collect personal information or gain control.

The lesson here is one of the basics of cyber-security – assume that anyone can see what you post. Take the extra click and and secure short links with a password or use a custom domain. Utilize these practices to protect yourself and your content.

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Alexander Bickov

Alexander Bickov is a digital product designer with over 15 years’ of experience in UX/UI design and digital marketing. Through his work, he aims to connect people and products using strategy, creativity and technology. Alexander has built digital services and products for many different organizations ranging from small startups to large companies. His projects has been featured in the iOS App Store, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Business Insider, Forbes and Big Think. You can find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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