A note on Tinyurl and security

It seems some websites produce horrifically long url’s and others (such as twitter) imposes some strict boundaries, which has created the need for sites such as tinyurl.com. With tinyurl you can post a long (even really long) url on the site and have a short (redirect through tinyurl) instead. It’s pretty smart, but I really don’t like being redirected to a secret destination.

On tinyurl.com they luckily have an option (if you have cookies enabled) which allows you not to auto-redirect. Instead you reach a page on tinyurl.com, are shown the destination and must click proceed to go on to the destination.

While I’m not using internet explorer, and shouldn’t be receptive with too many browser bugs, trojans and other malware, it’s quite nice to be able to check the destination when being redirected through a popular redirection site.

  • Interesting “Available in the lab” link doesn’t work.

  • mahler

    Yes it does 🙂

    I might have been quite invisible as the slide show opens an iframe with the contents – and the first page in the slideshow was the frontpage of this site.

    I’ve changed the order of the pages in the slideshow sample, so it should be more apparent what’s going on…

  • Kris

    hi, really like this script.
    I’m using it to fabricate a cheapo webcasting solution (combined with a browser in kiosk-mode). I’m trying to make a few adaptations to the script, however i’m no scripting specialist at all. Could you possibly help me out?

    What i’d like to do is set different ‘slideschowtimes’ for different pages. So page 1 displays for 5 seconds, page 2 for 10, etc.

    Tried to place different “var slideShowTime” variables in between the list of pages, that doesn’t work. Also tried to create a new array, but then only the pages of the last array get displayed.

    Really aprreciate your help.

  • Kris

    hi, really like this script.
    I’m using it to fabricate a cheapo webcasting solution (combined with a browser in kiosk-mode). I’m trying to make a few adaptations to the script, however i’m no scripting specialist at all. Could you possibly help me out?

    What i’d like to do is set different ‘slideschowtimes’ for different pages. So page 1 displays for 5 seconds, page 2 for 10, etc.

    Tried to place different “var slideShowTime” variables in between the list of pages, that doesn’t work. Also tried to create a new array, but then only the pages of the last array get displayed.

    Really aprreciate your help.