nickd blumph at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 04:39:02 CEST 2008

DecentURL (http://decenturl.com) was created to circumvent problems like 
these. It was created by a Reddit user to do something like this:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=r8JexiISPNk which becomes 

No more goatse?


Stroller wrote:
> On 4 Jun 2008, at 18:12, Joseph Reeves wrote:
>> ...
>> TinyURL on the other hand... Why would anyone ever use that? I never
>> click on links unless I know where they link to. Here's a plan for
>> abuse:
>> 1: Discover browser 0-day exploit
>> 2: Put up a gallery of FreeRunner pictures on a website
>> 3: Point a tinyurl at the gallery
>> 4: Wait until everyone's linked to it and is clicking it
>> 5: Change gallery to 0-day exploit
>> Or even easier:
>> 1: Link to goatse.
>> TinyURL takes all the best practice Internet guidlines you try and
>> teach people and ruins them all. Can't stand it.
> TinyURL itself protects you from this.
> All you do is go to <http://tinyurl.com/preview.php>, click on the  
> "enable previews" link and it sets a cookie on your PC. Thereafter,  
> everytime you click on a TinyURL link it shows you first what website  
> the link redirects to, and you then have to click again to make a  
> "manual redirection".
> Maybe your email client is perfect, and never has a problem with  
> mangled URLs, but for the rest of us TinyURL is very useful.
> Stroller.
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