URL Shortening

ISO Position Paper

Position Title: URL Shortening

Position Audience: Princeton IT Professionals

Contact: Information Security Office: InfoSec@princeton.edu

Position Release Date: August 11, 2017


Problem Statement

With the prevalence of phishing attacks, the community needs to view the entire URL in
communications so that they can assess the risk of a website prior to clicking the link. URL
shortening services obscure the URL target making it impossible for a user to determine the
website to which browsers are being directed.

ISO Position

Unless there is a character limit, full URLs should be utilized in all official University
communications.