Referrer

Discussion in 'polls' started by poison, Aug 2, 2009.

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Do you have show referrer off or on?

  1. Off

    11 vote(s)
    50.0%
  2. On

    11 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. poison

    poison Registered Member

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    After failing the PCFlank.com Browser Test, I have now disabled referrers. Is this a real risk to priviacy or not? Do you have send referrer enabled? Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2009
  2. ThunderZ

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    I use the Refcontrol add-on with Firefox. Have it set to Forge. It sends the root site of what ever site\page I am visiting.

    I did`t vote cause it is`t off but it is`t set at default on either.
     
  3. Pedro

    Pedro Registered Member

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    Same as ThunderZ. Once i knew of that extension, i never thought about referrers again.
     
  4. tsec

    tsec Registered Member

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    I use RefControl as well and have it to forge /root).

    There's a few websites I check out periodiocally concerning defence and intel - I quite often will have the referrer set to some obscure .cn website for these, just for a laugh :)
     
  5. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    I use RefControl as well. I voted On.
     
  6. noone_particular

    noone_particular Registered Member

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    When a site requests a referrer from my PC, they see their own site.
    Prox referrer.gif
    Part of Proxomitrons default filterset.
     
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  7. Keyboard_Commando

    Keyboard_Commando Registered Member

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    A while ago ... a girl in my class at college visited a friends blog site directly from her unpassworded photobucket that contained some interesting photos. So yeah, I guess you have to be a bit careful with website owners (creepy friends) that can identify you personally.

    I have Refcontrol. I use Forge command for default.
     
  8. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    No one has answered this question yet. This is a good description of the referrer; HTTP referrer - Wikipedia. I personally don't consider it a real privacy hazard. As I already mentioned I use RefControl but my default setting is normal, except for third party request.
     
  9. noone_particular

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    The referrer is one way your movements can be tracked. By itself, it only shows the site that you came from. Combined with tracking cookies, a much better picture of your web travels can be assembled.
     
  10. GlobalForce

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    Is this a real risk to priviacy or not? <== Privacy question yes - belonging in the other topics sub-section, no.
    Conscientious of where I'm going, I don't find having it on much of an ordeal - my caches dumped on exit.
     
  11. chrisretusn

    chrisretusn Registered Member

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    Yes it really makes a difference if you save cookies and cache from session to session, me I clear them out with the brower exits.
     
  12. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

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    I'll add my browser goes through a lotta reloads!
     
  13. Keyboard_Commando

    Keyboard_Commando Registered Member

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    Disabling or spoofing referrer can help you be slightly anonymous on the net. Google analytics *and the likes* are always watching for patterns.