Yesterday we reported how one could avoid Twitter's somewhat annoying t.co URL shortener by using lesser known URL services like j.mp, or by keeping the URL length to 20 characters or less. Unfortunately, this hack will not last forever as Twitter does plan to wrap all links, regardless of length, with its own t.co link service. Why? It's all to do with analytics.
But there are several ways to protect yourself, your reputation, and your computer from malware or mal-links disguised by short URLs. These are simple to use and fast implement and could save you time in the future.