URL Sinisterizer

Cory shared this silly service on Boing Boing. As much as I enjoy the prospect of using this to comedic effect, I also had some serious thoughts about it. The URLs in question are way over the top, intended almost to be read aloud. Real malicious URLs, while recognizable to the power user, aren’t so obvious. I can’t help but thing that at least some of the better established tricks should be so obvious that this joke service would have considered using them. The fact that it doesn’t is I think an unfortunate reflection no how poorly trained the average user is to spot something hinky in a link.

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