As we all know, clicking on a link can send us to digital purgatory. While I don’t worry about this when I am working in a VM, I do in a normal browsing session. This hunter doesn’t want to become the hunted.
The best advice, for general browsing, is to use the WOT browser pluggin available for Firefox and Chrome. This will deal with most problem links. While in a VM, I sometimes now do a manual scan of shortened URLs using VirusTotal.
A trusted collegue tells me, “the bad actors are beginning to step up their game now, some actually check the useragent string from the browser and will redirect you to malware and fool the link scanners.”