One of the bigger sources for URL spoofing, malware insertion, and general Internet annoyance can be found in the legions of URL shortening services that exist on today's Web. You can't go three clicks deep on a page without finding some kind of cleverly named way to transform a 108-character URL into an 8-character shortcut. Regardless of the service you personally prefer for all of your URL-shortening needs, one common element remains constant through all of them: When you come across a shortened URL, you have no native way to tell where it is you're going.
The last thing you need is to be sent to some kind of horrific site that compromises your system's security (or, worse, some horrific site that compromises your job security). If you're a fan of the Google Chrome browser--and I bet you are, given that you're reading the Extension of the Week article--you'll definitely want to check out a little add-on called Explode.
This handy little piece of code automatically scans and analyzes URLs within HTML pages that have been shortened by one of the common services out there. Hover your mouse over said shortened URL and you'll be able to see the full URL hyperlink that it represents in the lower-left-hand corner of your browser.
That's all this little extension does, but it's a powerful bit of functionality that's only limited by the services that Explode actually supports. Don't let that stop you from grabbing this extension, though--your system demands it!
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