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wickedjen1960
December 21st, 2006, 8:05am
A while back someone posted very detailed directions on how to block referrer in Firefox. My hubby installed for me and it worked great. Yesterday FF updated automatically on my PC and I no longer see the option for blocked referrer and think that my husband needs to do this again since the update on FF. I searched block referrer on the site but could not find the original post. Could someone please help me find it so I can print it off and leave for DH for a "to do" list.... :shocked2:

Thank you! :goofy2:

Luvs2Win
December 21st, 2006, 8:17am
I too, updated my FF yesterday, but my PrefBar is still there, and so is my RefControl.

Have you looked under Tools-->Extensions to see if it was still there?

Just type "referrer" in the search bar above, and look in the "forums", there are a lot of threads about this subject.

Here is the thread by Dawggy:
http://www.online-sweepstakes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=215087

Good Luck :gvibes:

wickedjen1960
December 21st, 2006, 8:34am
Luvs checked under Tools and it is in the background stating that it is not compatible with FF 2.0.0.1, I'll have DH check it out tonight. My Robo is in the background as well, I have not installed the latest version. I'm not very computer savvy and I HATE it when I just get used to using a version and they force me to learn the new upgrades... :cry:

fastfreddie1959
December 21st, 2006, 8:48am
A while back someone posted very detailed directions on how to block referrer in Firefox. My hubby installed for me and it worked great. Yesterday FF updated automatically on my PC and I no longer see the option for blocked referrer and think that my husband needs to do this again since the update on FF. I searched block referrer on the site but could not find the original post. Could someone please help me find it so I can print it off and leave for DH for a "to do" list.... :shocked2:

Thank you! :goofy2:

https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/953/

barbs
December 21st, 2006, 8:54am
Why do people fuss about blocking the referrer?

If a company checks the referrer, they'll do it probably with a "ping". And the "ping" will go thru the first time the site is brought up, right to your computer, and not to the blocking site, which comes up secondly.

At least this is the way I understand it. If true, then blocking a referrer is totally useless for sweeping.

If I'm wrong, I'd be happy to have someone explain this to my illiterate self!


:confused:

Jennifer
December 21st, 2006, 9:21am
Google "Firefox refcontrol" in my opinion it's much better than prefbar and it's the most popular blocking tool.

Luvs2Win
December 21st, 2006, 9:22am
Luvs checked under Tools and it is in the background stating that it is not compatible with FF 2.0.0.1, I'll have DH check it out tonight. My Robo is in the background as well, I have not installed the latest version. I'm not very computer savvy and I HATE it when I just get used to using a version and they force me to learn the new upgrades... :cry:

Oh ok, I am not using 2.0.

I did upgrade to that version, and didn't like it, so I "downgraded" back to 1.5.0.8, and yesterday upgraded to 1.5.0.9.

Good Luck, Marina :wink2:

flared0ne
December 21st, 2006, 11:21am
that site can ask your browser where you just came from, i.e. where were you last, just before you arrived where you are now. That is the "referrer" -- similar to in a specialist's office when you put down "my primary care physician referred me to you" as an explanation for "how did you get HERE??" In a similar sense, the "referrer" for a piece of snail mail could be derived from the postmark; again, "how did you get HERE??".

And "blocking the referrer" usually has nothing to do with an external site.

The information about "referrer" comes from your browser. It can either be setup to report faithfully (the default), to lie (generally not easy to arrange) or to not respond at all (i.e. "block referrer").

One of the simplest ways to prevent any meaningful "how'd you get HERE" info from reaching a website is to give them a dead-end path -- if you right-click on a link to a website and select "Copy Shortcut", then right-click on your desktop and select "Paste Shortcut", you now have a dead-end path to reach that website... When they query "How'd you get here?" they get back something indicating "shortcut link", i.e. they are the first site THIS browser window has visited.

Be aware that if you are AT a website and right-click and select "Save Shortcut", there's some indication the resulting shortcut link may in fact save the "referrer" info for that visit... which can be a nuisance, or can be useful if you're trying to "fake" (i.e. "lie" about) some particular referrer... :goofy2:

Notice: THIS approach works regardless of what browser you have, what software version you have, whether you updated recently or not.

nobimbo
December 21st, 2006, 6:21pm
If you have Norton, it automatically blocks referrers. Just thought I'd mention that because it doesn't seem like many people are aware of this.

barbs
December 22nd, 2006, 8:47am
that site can ask your browser where you just came from, i.e. where were you last, just before you arrived where you are now. That is the "referrer" -- similar to in a specialist's office when you put down "my primary care physician referred me to you" as an explanation for "how did you get HERE??" In a similar sense, the "referrer" for a piece of snail mail could be derived from the postmark; again, "how did you get HERE??".

And "blocking the referrer" usually has nothing to do with an external site.

The information about "referrer" comes from your browser. It can either be setup to report faithfully (the default), to lie (generally not easy to arrange) or to not respond at all (i.e. "block referrer").

One of the simplest ways to prevent any meaningful "how'd you get HERE" info from reaching a website is to give them a dead-end path -- if you right-click on a link to a website and select "Copy Shortcut", then right-click on your desktop and select "Paste Shortcut", you now have a dead-end path to reach that website... When they query "How'd you get here?" they get back something indicating "shortcut link", i.e. they are the first site THIS browser window has visited.

Be aware that if you are AT a website and right-click and select "Save Shortcut", there's some indication the resulting shortcut link may in fact save the "referrer" info for that visit... which can be a nuisance, or can be useful if you're trying to "fake" (i.e. "lie" about) some particular referrer... :goofy2:

Notice: THIS approach works regardless of what browser you have, what software version you have, whether you updated recently or not.

OK - but would a sponsor who wanted to know how you got to their site value more highly "a shortcut" source than an "OLS" source?

???