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Post by salem » July 6th, 2011, 8:15 pm

We respectfully request that url shortening sites are not used for links posted to the forums
in order to protect our members and the board .
These types of sites are being increasingly used to target users by spammers/ malware attacks and other types of dubious downloads.
If you don't know the author then don't click the link with out checking it out .

We don't have a problem with members using hidden links as these can be seen on mouseover .
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Re: Shortened url

Post by Little John » July 6th, 2011, 8:58 pm

More explanation please.
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Re: Shortened url

Post by salem » July 6th, 2011, 9:05 pm

Little John wrote:More explanation please.
the main reason
although the op is quite clear .
These types of sites are being increasingly used to target users

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Post by SRD » July 6th, 2011, 10:55 pm

Which would be great if I knew what a shortened URL was. And wiki isn't very helpful.
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Re: Shortened url

Post by Little John » July 7th, 2011, 8:38 am

You know what I think it is? Do you ever remember back in the Lineone free webspace days when you had really long urls for your website?

Mine was and still is http://website.lineone.net/~johngl1

But you could register with a site that shortened it for you so it looked like a domain name. I think they did it by simply relaying it on to the real address. I seem to remember doing that myself a long long time ago.
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Re: Shortened url

Post by SRD » July 7th, 2011, 8:51 am

Ah, isn't that things like tinyurl? I seem to recall DP used that sort of thing a lot.
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Post by Little John » July 7th, 2011, 8:57 am

sounds about right. That might even have been the one that I tried. But I don't understand how it can do any harm.
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Re: Shortened url

Post by Little John » July 7th, 2011, 8:59 am

I just checked it out and reckon you are right. That is exactly the thing I was thinking of.
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Re: Shortened url

Post by Little John » July 7th, 2011, 9:00 am

An example

Turn this URL:
http: // www. amazon.com/ Kindle-Wireless-Reading-Display-Globa lly/dp/B003FSUDM4/ref=amb_link_353259562_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIK X0DER&pf_rd_s=center-10&pf_rd_r=11EYKTN682A79T370AM3&pf_rd_ t=201&pf_rd_p=1270985982&pf_rd_i=B002Y27P3M

into this TinyURL:

http:// tinyurl. com / KindleWireless
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Re: Shortened url

Post by digger » July 18th, 2011, 7:47 pm

Little John wrote:sounds about right. That might even have been the one that I tried. But I don't understand how it can do any harm.
Thought this was replied to :? Click on the link "the main reason"
It might not do any harm to an experienced user but a novice might follow such a link and get caught out like the sample on the info link .
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