We spend so much time in education trying to make things better. Better policies. Better technology. Better standards. Better curriculum. Better instruction. Better assessment. Better response to assessment data.
The chatter around the need to improve education in the U.S. has been going on for decades, but it looks like something is finally going to happen. Why? Because the business model of higher education is truly under attack.
Thanks to URL shortening and redirection services, not all links are what they appear to be. Such shortened or redirected links take you to a different URL, which can possibly be malicious in nature as well. Extensions like WOT that tell you if a site can be trusted or not can be quite helpful for regular URLs but when it comes to shortened ones, such extensions have their limitations.
URL Uncover is a web service that helps you check how safe a link is without having to visit it. You simply paste the link into it, and URL Uncover will run it by the McAfee SiteAdvisor to check if the domain is a trusted one. It will also generate a screenshot of the website that the URL links to, and pull the title, description, and keywords of that page from its metadata.
URL Uncover is simple to use; when you find a link that you’re suspicious of, be it a long URL or a shortened one, copy and paste it into the URL bar of the service and hit ‘Uncover’. URL Uncover will check the link and load the title, description, keywords, and a screenshot of the resulting web page. In addition, it will also tell you the credibility of the domain by running it through McAfee SiteAdvisor, along with showing you the IP address of the website and checking if it’s listed on Spamcop.
The service works well as far as reporting the safety of a link is concerned; however, for shortened URLs, the service’s Pro version (which doesn’t ask you to sign up or pay anything at the moment, unlike what the term ‘Pro’ may suggest) is unable to load the title, description, and keywords of a website. The non-pro version has a more modest interface, but it actually worked better than the Pro version in our testing, except that it failed to load a screenshot of the website.
Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Hoffa were trending on Twitter this morning, at least in the United States and at that precise moment in time. In and of itself, this information is interesting, if not somewhat giggle-inducing.
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