Second factor via Windows Hello, Touch ID or USB tokens added
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We recommend using second-factor authentication everywhere, including Short.io. We added additional login verification via one-time codes a long time ago, but now we have more ways to protect your account.
Short.io now supports almost every identity verification device: you can use Face ID, Touch ID, Windows Hello, or a USB token (like Yubikey) to protect your account. This feature is available for any plan, including free
Discontinuing affiliate program
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You can ignore this message unless you promote Short.io as an affiliate.
During the last few years, we had an affiliate program powered by LinkMink service. It allowed our clients to create affiliate links and get a commission from the leads upgrading on Short.io.
Starting from today, we chose to discontinue this program. There are a few reasons:
  • the result of affiliate program didn’t meet our expectations
  • it requires maintenance from our team
  • it includes a third-party javascript on our dashboard panel, and we are trying to reduce the number of external scripts on our pages
We'll pay commissions for existing leads but will stop tracking new subscriptions and accept new affiliate program applications
QR codes readability check
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We added custom logo support for QR codes a long time ago, but a large logo could lead to unscannable QR. Currently, we try to scan QR with a logo and show a notice if the logo is too large
New CSV import
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Previously, CSV import required you to keep the tab open till the import completes. It could be hours for some of our customers with millions of links. Now you can close your laptop and grab some coffee - our processing will continue, and we'll send you an email with a link list when we complete the import
Dark theme for our website
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We added a dark theme for our dashboard a few months ago, but our main page did not have a dark theme till today. Now you can open our website anytime without being dazzled by the light of your laptop.
Added new payment methods
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Now you can pay for Short.io using ACH direct debit and EU local internet bankings. We have no access to your bank accounts, all payments are managed by Stripe Inc
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DDoS protection for all our customers
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We have extended DDoS protection from our internal resources (like dashboard or API) to every branded domain connected to Short.io. Using this protection, you will never lose clients because of organized crime.
This feature is available for every plan, customer, and link.
Additional validation for link creation API call
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After thorough thinking, we've added additional checks to the POST https://api.short.io/links API call. It is better to display errors to you during creation time than send your customers to a broken link. Some common use cases, which will raise an error starting from today:
Sending "allowDuplicates" parameter as a string
This parameter must be a boolean value (true or false).
  • Old behavior: non-empty string ("True", "TRUE" or "False") was converted to true, an empty string to false
  • New behavior: Returning 400 error with an error message
Sending empty originalURL (null or empty string)
  • Old behavior: link with empty destination was created
  • New behavior: Returning 400 error with an error message
Sending definitely invalid originalURL
- Old behavior: link with a broken destination was created (https:///?identifier=5, <@123131>, "www.google.com sample search")
  • New behavior: Returning 400 error with an error message
Sending "tags" parameter as a string instead of an array
  • Old behavior: we created a tag per letter in the string ("example" produced "a", "e", "m", "l", "p" and "x" tags)
  • New behavior: Returning 400 error with an error message
Sending array instead of a string in utmMedium parameter
  • Old behavior: we created a link with a parameter utmMedium of ["value"]
  • New behavior: Returning 400 error with an error message
Also
, please use "idString" field as a link identifier, "id" field is deprecated (but still supported)
Support for new payment methods
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For domain purchase, we support the following payment methods:
  • Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB)
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • Alipay
  • WeChat Pay
For subscriptions, we support the following payment methods:
  • Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, and JCB)
  • Google Pay
  • Apple Pay
  • SEPA Direct Debit (including Bancontact, iDEAL, and Sofort)
And we'll remind you - we don't receive or store your payment data - the payment provider Stripe processes it for us
Log4j Security Vulnerability Update
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The Apache Log4j 2 669 utility publicly disclosed a high severity vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) impacting multiple older versions of the software.
Short.io was not impacted by this vulnerability because our code is 100% Java free
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