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The Best URL Shorteners for Secure Link Sharing

URL Shorteners are an integral tool for businesses that use short links to share content. Of course, all businesses know that when sharing content online, you must ensure that the content is shared securely. You may not want just anyone to be able to access your link. Additionally, you do not want scammers to be able to access your data on your URL shortener. As such, it is important for enterprises to use a URL shortener that takes secure sharing seriously.

In this article, you will find a list of the 5 best URL shorteners for secure sharing. In turn, we list the security features that each link shortener implements. Any of the URL shorteners on this list are a solid choice for enterprises that must prioritize secure link sharing.

1. Bitly

A well-known URL shortener with enterprise-level analytics and security

Features

  • SSO (single sign-on) with SAML 2.0, SCIM 1.1 and 2.0 lets you set up your account with an IDP to simplify login while maintaining security standards.
  • Bitly is GDPR compliant.
  • Set up 2FA so nobody can access your account without your mobile device.
  • Built-in safeguards protect your domain’s privacy (Domain Guard). 
  • No private links; all Bitly links are public and can be accessed by anyone, making link sharing less secure.

2. Droplr

An affordable advanced URL shortener with team sharing and self destruct settings

Features

  • Droplr includes SSO with Okta, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Identity for secure link login.
  • Admins have access to a security panel from which they can access data for their teams and the individuals on those teams. This panel includes a “risk score” which calculates the security on your account.
  • SSL/TLS data encryption ensures your links are secure while sharing. 
  • Droplr is compliant with GDPR, SOC 2, HIPPA, and the EU-US Privacy Shield.
  • You can set any link’s privacy to public, private, or team-only. Links can also be placed into password-protected folders
  • You can set your links to self-destruct down to the hour.

3. YOURLS

A free custom URL shortener that lets you design your own tool and control your data

Features

  • Fully design your own custom URL shortener using YOURLS’ set of PHP scripts. 
  • Own all of your data instead of relying on third-party services. 
  • You can set your custom link shortener to public or private, which determines whether others can create short links with your service. 
  • Set statistics pages to public or private
  • Ban certain words from use in your short URLs. 
  • Protect your admin area with a sign-in and password.

4. Rebrandly

An affordable link shortener with professional-level customization tools

Features

  • Rebrandly is GDPR compliant.
  • You can set when links expire
  • You can set up 2FA on any pricing plan, including Rebrandly’s free plan. 
  • Use SSO to sign in to your account. 
  • SSL Encryption ensures secure link sharing. 
  • Set analytics reports to either public or private.

5. BLINK

An enterprise-level URL shortener with pricing plans for every type of business

Features

  • BLINK is GDPR compliant
  • Specify a date to archive or delete your links. After archiving a link, you can reroute traffic to your homepage. 
  • Use SSO or Social Sign-On (Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn) to ensure protected quick access to your account.
  • You can set up 2FA for your account. 
  • Customers on BLINK’s enterprise plan can blacklist or whitelist domains to restrict access to unapproved sites. 
  • BLINK can mirror your enterprise’s IT authentication recipes, including but not limited to password length, frequency of password change, failed logins to lockouts, and stale accounts.

Discover More Features for URL Shorteners

Curious about other URL shortener features apart from security? We have you covered! You can learn all about custom URLs, link tracking, and branded domains in our various articles. For an introduction to link shortening, check out What is a URL Shortener? or How to Shorten a Link. You can also explore URL shorteners specifically for enterprises or check out the best free options

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