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I hope you know about URL Shortners which help you to convert long web addresses into shorter ones. They are especially important on Twitter, which restricts its posts to 140 characters. Besides bitly.com/ and tinyurl.com there are more than 250 websites which also offer short URL services.

When you get one of the short URLs, you don’t have the faintest idea where it goes until you click it. You may be among family or at work when you click the shorten URL, So,it’s safe if you know what you click and where it goes. The security risk will be reduced if you can preview the original URL before clicking it. Fortunately, there are some services for you to expand the short URL.

Many web-based URL expanding services and few add-ons are available nowadays. Here is a list of some of the major sites, which will let you to expand the shorten URL, (These are completely free with no need to sign-up or buy anything.)

I hope this list helps you. Many of them are unique, either in small ways or in large ones but expanding short URL with screenshot or preview window has the edge over other services. That’s why I prefer http://expandurl.com What about you?

Warning: Keep in mind that simply discovering the full URL, does not mean that webpage is legitimate.

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