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January 2013

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You see them all over the place - little shortened tiny URLs - representing great big long ones - the ones that are hiding behind the little ones. For example : You see and, when you click, it takes you to:

These URL shortening services became more popular with the advent of Twitter and IM and many similar services that will shorten your big long URL instantly grew and prospered. But eventually they became somewhat problematic because you can never be sure what's hiding behind the short URL Some IT departments (and counties) have even opted to block them.

No more surfing in the dark. This handy service reverts the shortened URLs to their full form so you can tell in advance where you are really going to go when you click on the tiny URL

Abracadabra - and it's on the house.

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We are always pleased to be of service to our Cyber Friends and to provide you with these monthly CyberTips. As members of the Real Estate CyberSpace Society we are always current on ways to expand their normal high standards of service with the very latest Internet and other CyberSpace strategies and tools. Click Here for hundreds of Cyber Tricks and Great Places in back issues.

Ever go coo coo trying to remove personal information from a third party web site. It's a fact that many sites make it hard or often impossible to remove information or cancel your account.

These nice folks have come along to help you remove your account or public profile on most of the popular websites, including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Hotmail / Live, Twitter, MSN / Messenger, Google and many more. They make it easy by color coding each site to indicate the difficulty of unsubscribing and then follow up with a myriad of tips.

It makes sense to check before you contribute your personal information. To help they also maintain a Blacklist of sites showing sites where it may not even be possible to remove your profile -- giving you a chance to think twice.

Look before you leap!

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Just about every time you receive an email that has been forwarded and re-forwarded several times, that provides you with some kind of a dire warning and urgently instructs you to forward it to anyone you have ever known, you can be pretty certain that the message or warning conveyed falls into the category of Urban Legends.

An Urban Legend is a secondhand story of questionable validity, alleged to be true and just plausible enough to be believed. It's usually about some horrific, embarrassing, ironic, or exasperating series of events that supposedly happened to a real person --- and might easily happen to you if you are not careful.

This place is the ultimate resource for ferreting out the validity of the voluminous warnings, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation that permeate the web. It has been featured on 20/20, ABC World News, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and in the Reader's Digest.

Next time a friend sends you one of those emails that scares you to the hilt, run it by this great resource. Then do your friend a favor by sending the link to the page that puts the rumor to rest. Odds are you'll never hear back from the embarrassed sender - but you can bet they will be more careful the next time.

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There are lots of very useful tool bars to help you with your web browsing. But we'll bet you have toolbars installed on your browser that you have never heard of - let alone heard from. There are hundreds of worthless, useless and potentially dangerous toolbars on the internet today. You may wonder where these mysterious toolbars come from and usually you will have no idea how they got on your computer.

When you download free software, games or utilities, be sure to read all of the pages and prompts carefully. Often you will see an unrelated toolbar pre-checked to be installed to your browser automatically. Unless you specifically uncheck the box that says "install the xyz toolbar", it will be installed along with the actual software that you wanted. It's pretty sneaky and subtle, and you may miss it if you install things in a hurry.

These folks offer this helpful program that easily deletes toolbars from your browser. They claim to be removing over 1 million unwanted toolbars per month.
And it's yours without cost. Just check to be sure that there are no extra goodies.

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