Posts Tagged ‘url’

When Sharing Google Links, Make Sure you Check the URL for Leaks First

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

It turns out that those long-tail format URLs can leak information about your browser and searching habits …

Have you ever shared links to Google Search results before? If you have, you may have noticed that the url pointing to the search results page contains several other parameters besides the search string. While the search string is a given, since it indicates the page you want to share, all remaining parameters are not. In fact, none of the parameters is required to open the page.

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Verify that QR Code Destinations are Safe Before you Visit Them

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This has bothered me for some time now; before I click on a link, I want to know exactly where it will take me … and the same thing goes for QR codes too.

QR Codes are used in many different situations to provide mobile users with quick access to information. From being used in magazines as quick links to websites and services to advertisement or placement on product labels. It works by scanning the code with the device’s camera which usually results in information being displayed on the screen. If the QR code points to a url, it is displayed to the user. While that may be useful, there is usually no indication whether that url is safe or not.

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Opera 21 – Always Display Full URL in Address Bar

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Shortened URLs frustrate me to no end; before I click on a link, I want to know exactly where it will take me … not just the domain name and protocol.

The most recent stable version of the Opera browser can display full page urls at all times now in the browser. Some web browsers display only partial urls instead of full web addresses. If you run a search using an older version of the Opera browser, and then the same search in Firefox, you may notice that the addresses that are displayed in the browsers are not identical.

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Mozilla Drops Http Prefix in Firefox

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This isn’t exactly earth-shaking news, but it is kind of an interesting trend …

Opera and Google are already doing it, so why should not we. That’s probably the reasoning behind Mozilla’s latest move to optimize the interface of the Firefox web browser. For those who do not know (is there anyone reading my blog that does not?); The http prefix in front of website addresses in the url bar is a visual indicator of the protocol used to access that site. There are other prefixes, like https for secure sites or ftp for ftp servers.

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The Best Tools and Methods to Track Down Suspect IP Addresses and URLs

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Here’s an extremely useful article for anyone who’s concerned about security or spamming …

There are many reasons why you might need to track down an IP address. You might have discovered a hacking attempt in one of your logs. You might think you have found a spammer that you want to add to a black list. The “why” are as many as are the “how.” Every operating system has different tools for helping you track down an IP address. Compounded with this is that any tool that makes use of an IP address also has different tools for this purpose. So where do you start? What’s the easiest way to find IP addresses and help locate their sources?

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