If you have a link to a website that can not be reached (see image below), chances are it is blocked because it is from a shortened URL (like bit.ly or tinyurl.com).
A URL shortener takes a long link and turns it into a shorter, easy-to-share one. The problem with URL shorteners is that they hid the true link which from a network security standpoint makes hard to verify that it is safe. However, if you feel the website is safe, you can unshorten the link using the directions below.
- Go to https://urlex.org/
- Copy and paste the link into the text box.
- Press "Expand"
- The website will "expand" the shortened URL so you can view the site (as long as it is appropriate).