Google using javascript redirect on searches: Maone

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by axial, Feb 13, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. axial

    axial Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Posts:
    477
    NoScript users may have noticed that Google search results have been messed up the past couple of days. Each result link clicked gives a NoScript warning.

    Giorgio Maone says that Google is "Google just started to use a JavaScript redirect in order to track every result you follow".

    http://forums.informaction.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=8161
     
  2. Dermot7

    Dermot7 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Posts:
    3,196
    Location:
    Surrey, England.
    http://noscript.net/getit#devel
     
  3. axial

    axial Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Posts:
    477
    Thx Dermot7, I loaded 2.3.1rc1 this morning, still testing. While it does help alleviate some of the problem, there are still some search result links that don't work as expected. My skills at describing the difference between working / not working links aren't knowledgeable enough to make a coherent description to post to the support forum.
     
  4. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2004
    Posts:
    6,851
    Hmm? I thought Google already tracked anything you clicked on, why the need for this?
     
  5. Hungry Man

    Hungry Man Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2011
    Posts:
    9,148
    I think this started after HTTPS so that they could still grab referral data.
     
  6. funkydude

    funkydude Registered Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2004
    Posts:
    6,851
    Oh, that's a shame. I found the ArsTechnica article about 'SEO' breaking with encrypted Google quite amusing.
     
  7. tlu

    tlu Guest

    Well, another example why Noscript is essential :)
     
  8. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Posts:
    3,943
    Location:
    California
    Why do you need Javascript for Google searches?


    ----
    rich
     
  9. axial

    axial Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Posts:
    477
    "you" meaning Google or meaning the user?

     
  10. Tomwa

    Tomwa Registered Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Posts:
    162
    It's amazing how ridiculous google is being about their privacy policy, I've got cookies blocked by default thanks to cookie monster, and javascript blocked by NoScript between that and changing my address via tor between searches (and between using different google services such as youtube and mail). I gotta say when you search for something in google and then see it FOLLOW YOU into youtube in your suggestion box it really creeps you out. I also plan on moving the 5 G-Mail accounts I have elsewhere (I have a new one that I will only visit via the Tor Browser on my computer for more convenient email access to prevent any form of mixing) though it will take quite a while with all the accounts I'll have to change the associated email addresses for (I generally assign my Hotmail address to the important things anyways).

    And you can't forget Redirect Remover as well :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2012
  11. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Posts:
    3,943
    Location:
    California
    The user. I've never had any problems using Google Search with Javascript disabled for that site.


    ----
    rich
     
  12. axial

    axial Registered Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Posts:
    477
    edited:With javascript disabled and using NS 2.3.1 I had never had this problem either until Google started using the javascript redirect in search results links earlier this week.

    I can confirm the NoScript dev version 2.3.1rc2 http://noscript.net/getit#devel has fixed the problem of the interstitial raw link page as described by Mr. Maone in the NS forum posting above.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  13. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Posts:
    3,943
    Location:
    California
    I guess I'm not following this very well.

    Do you need Javascript enabled in order to be redirected in a Google Search?


    -rich
     
  14. Dermot7

    Dermot7 Registered Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Posts:
    3,196
    Location:
    Surrey, England.
    I think the answer to your question is yes...due to Google's way of indexing, although I can't say I fully understand, that is the sense of what I got from reading this : http://searchengineland.com/google-...f-javascript-and-flash-but-is-it-enough-19881

    https://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=23852
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  15. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Posts:
    3,943
    Location:
    California
    thanks, very informative reading.

    I keep Javascript disabled for Google Searches just because everything loads more quickly.

    I did a few test searches with and without JS enabled, and see no difference in what is displayed. I've not gotten the "loading" scenario described in the article.

    I'll keep an eye on how this develops.


    ----
    rich
     
Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.