Is There a Way to Know Where a URL-shortened URL Is Going to Take Me?

Link-shortening services make it hard to tell a link’s final destination. When you receive one in an email, you may want to do some detective work to see where it’s going – before you click.

Some services do have preview features. For example, if you visit tinyurl.com/preview.php, TinyURL will help you turn on a cookie-based feature in your browser. Then, when you click on a link, you can preview where it goes prior to going there.

Bit.ly also allows you to do this. Simply add a plus sign to the end of the URL, and Bit.ly will display where you would have gone rather than taking you there.

There are also several sites that show you where a shortened link will take you. Some current services1 include:

Each of these display the target and some additional information about a short URL.

The bottom line, really, is to stay away from mysterious links sent to you through spam. But when you receive a shortened link from a trusted source and you aren’t sure why, investigate with these preview tools.

Source: Is There a Way to Know Where a URL-shortened URL Is Going to Take Me? – Ask Leo!

Can I Use a Power Supply with a Higher Wattage Rating on my Laptop?

Laptop Adapters

Swapping power supplies

It can be kind of complicated and confusing if you’re not familiar with how a power supply (and to some degree, electricity itself) works.

The short rules boil down to this:

  • The output connector must match.
  • The polarity of the output connector must match.
  • The output voltage must be the same.

In addition,

  • The output amperage must be greater than or equal to that required by the laptop.

or:

  • The output wattage must be greater than or equal to that required by the laptop.

Source: Can I Use a Power Supply with a Higher Wattage Rating on my Laptop? – Ask Leo!

Ransomware Gang Claims Fortune 500 Company Hired Them to Hack the Competition | Motherboard

Ransomware—computer viruses that lock a victim’s files and demand a payment to get them back—has become so common that experts believe it’s now an “epidemic.”

Security experts have always assumed that ransomware hackers are in it for the ransom. But a shocking claim made by one ransomware agent suggests there may be another motive: corporate sabotage.

In an exchange with a security researcher pretending to be a victim, one ransomware agent claimed they were working for a Fortune 500 company.

“We are hired by [a] corporation to cyber disrupt day-to-day business of their competition,” the customer support agent of a ransomware known as Jigsaw said, according to a new report by security firm F-Secure.

 

Ransomware Gang Claims Fortune 500 Company Hired Them to Hack the Competition

Source: Ransomware Gang Claims Fortune 500 Company Hired Them to Hack the Competition | Motherboard

Scam Of The Week: Illegal Game of Thrones Download

There is a current email phishing scam going on where you get an official-looking email forwarded by your ISP, which states you have violated HBO copyrights and illegally downloaded Game of Thrones.

The email has a link to a website where they say you can pay the fine. Don’t fall for it. The message was sent by cybercriminals and they would get any money you pay. 

In general, it’s a bad idea to illegally download shows and movies for two reasons. First, you are indeed violating copyrights which can turn out to be very expensive when you get sued. Second, the websites promising these downloads are often compromised and infect your computer with all kinds of malware. 

If you receive such a notice and want to verify if this is for real or not,  contact the real IP-Echelon directly which you can do here: https://www.ip-echelon.com/contact-us/

Remember: Think Before You Click!

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Pokémon app

 

You have probably heard about the new Pokémon app. It’s going viral and sends people on the street to catch these little virtual creatures. There are some risks if you have the “gotta catch ’em all” fever. 

First, please stick to the vetted app stores, do not download the app from anywhere else. Why? Bad guys have taken the app and infected it with malware, and try to trick you downloading it from untrustworthy websites.

Second, anyone using the app, and especially kids should be VERY aware that they are not lured into a real-world trap which could lead to mugging or abduction. Other players can track you in the real world using this app so be careful.

Third, there are possible privacy issues if you use your Google account to log into the app. Create a throw-away account and use that to log into Pokémon, not your private or business account .

As always, Think Before You Click!