There is finally a URL shortening service that won’t leave you anxious about where the link might take you. I’ve written in the past about how to Mitigate Risks When Using Shortened URL’s, but there was no easy way to go about it. I confess that I skipped taking the appropriate safety checks on occasion myself. Now, it’s as easy as a click to make a short URL, and just as easy to be confident the website you land on is legitimate.
McAfee has just released their mcaf.ee service that does three things:
- Let’s you create short URL’s right from your browser with just the click of a button
- Makes your short URL’s permanent – They don’t expire and won’t change.
- Puts your safety first. Not only does McAfee test the URL to be sure it is malware free, they test it EVERY SINGLE TIME someone clicks on it. That way, if the URL was accidentally or deliberately switched to a malicious site, or the URL was compromised, you’ll be warned before you land on a malicious page.
The only downside is that you can’t create the shortened URL yourself, but I haven’t been this excited about a new service in quite some time.