You get a new email that looks like it's from a friend, a company, a government official, or even a family member. All that's in that email is a link. You click it, because of course you do. You're taken to a login page, where you enter your credentials. Then, that site turns out to be fake and collects your password. Congratulations, you've been phished.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Web/Chrome: Misdirection via URL shortener may not be as common as it once was, but you still find people posting Goo.gl, fb.me or bit.ly links in comment threads and on social networks claiming it's one thing when it's really another -- or, worse, malware. Unshort.me gives you a tool to see where you're really going before you click.
Some Twitter users are unable to send links in Direct Messages (DMs) right now. Twitter is aware of the problem, but until it rolls out a fix, you can use a URL shortening service to bypass the restriction.
We're all aware that every time you link to a website, you inevitably push it up in search engine rankings. Over time, that means a site will appear at the top of a Google search result. Sometimes, you want to link to those sites without helping them boost their search results. Do Not Link is a service for just that.
Was It Viewed? is a simple web app that creates trackable links to you can find out if any URL has been viewed. If you sent in an online resume, asked someone to check out a video, or want to know if a friend downloaded a file, it will let you create a simple, trackable link that lets you know when someone is checking it out.
The default YouTube app on iPhone hasn't received an update since it was originally released. In fact, the new, mobile version of YouTube is more feature-rich and faster than its app counterpart. If you're sick of your iPhone always opening up the app instead of the mobile page, Mac OS X Hints has a simple way to stop it from happening.