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Sharing is caring

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Photo by Dan Edge/Unsplash.

If you’re using a URL shortener, chances are you share your links a lot. The convenience of sharing is arguably the strongest motivation for shortening links.

Today we introduce an extended set of share buttons, available for everyone on once.to, which include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Telegram, and others.

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Rules revisited

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Our smart link rule editor introduced a while ago, though powerful, may seem unwieldy and overwhelming at first because of all possible criteria displayed at once.

From now on, this will no longer be the case: we’ve refactored the rule editor component hiding away input fields until you actually get to need them.

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URL Explorer

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A brand new tool has landed in once.to: the URL Explorer, a unique combination of power and simplicity that allows anyone to unveil what’s hidden behind the scenes of browsing!

Even better, the tool is free and available for all registered users!

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Enhanced statistics is here

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Image by Clint Post/Pixabay

once.to is back in the new season, with lots of under-the-hood improvements and new exciting plans!

Stats by slug

One of the most wanted features is a new dimension in the link statistics called Domain/slug.

In this mode you get a pie chart that groups all your links by its slug (and domain, if any).

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Redirect unwrapping & Abuse reports

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Photo by Kira auf der Heide/Unsplash.

August is here, and we’re back with a couple of improvements to safeguard once.to’s users against scammers. This comes as a follow-up to our previous post, which highlighted the issue of malicious short links, mostly created by anonymous users.

Redirect unwrapping

The first thing to mention is the so-called link redirect unwrapping technique, which gets applied to all anonymously created links by default.

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How much is the phish?

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What a month!

As soon as we went live and started getting user traction, we at once.to got confronted with an unexpected problem.

Pretty soon we’ve discovered that our super-fast, super-convenient short links were actively used by phishers.

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Be social: login via Google, Facebook, Twitter

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Signing up with a service is always a bit of a hassle: you need to type in your email, come up with a password, then spend awhile choosing a password that’s actually accepted. Some services would also require you to type your password twice (no idea what for).

Everyone has social network accounts (even when they claim they don’t), so why waste time registering?

As of today, you can now easily log into once.to using your Google, Facebook, or Twitter account!

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Better than beta

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Original photo by randomhh/Pixabay, with alterations.

A big day for the world’s fastest URL shortener: once.to carries no “beta” label as of today!

After three months in the public beta mode, no major shortcomings have been identified, so it’s time to celebrate.

On this occasion we offer a 25% discount for our customers — read on for the coupon code!

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