Edited by GregOne, 18 May 2005 - 09:19 AM.
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Posted 18 May 2005 - 09:11 AM
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Here's the tool I helped develop to make this relatively easy to set up:
Posted 18 May 2005 - 09:42 AM
Edited by GregOne, 18 May 2005 - 09:54 AM.
Posted 18 May 2005 - 10:12 AM
Posted 18 May 2005 - 07:00 PM
BTW, for anyone who is using tracking variables in URLs for Adwords or any other advertising, make sure that you use robots.txt to keep spiders from crawling those URLs, or make sure that the tracking URL redirects (with a 301 Moved Permanently response) to a version of the URL that you do want spidered. Google does find these tracking URLs and you don't want to throw duplicate content at a search engine.
<added>That is a very nice tool/solution, Ed.</added>
Edited by DanThies, 18 May 2005 - 07:09 PM.
Posted 18 May 2005 - 08:36 PM
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Posted 21 May 2005 - 07:09 AM
That's basically what amounts to Greg.
Normally when you're on one page and click on a link to another page the browser will automatically send the location of the first page as a text string to the second page. Some of these security packages disallow this type of information to be sent.
Where it gets dicey is when you have a page on your site somewhere that requires such data to move forward.
I have one site that has something like this. In that in order to pick up the files you've purchased you have to be coming from my domain to actually get to the files to download them. I do it so that I can make sure nobody is hotlinking to those files from another site, bypassing the purchase routine. But if someone's browser doesn't pass this referrer information, or if someone comes from a hot link on another site, they get an error message.
I do that because it's easier than generating a temporary username/password for people to use, then praying that they can type the in the logon information correctly. It's not a huge deal, but I would estimate that 1 or 2 out of each hundred legitimate purchasers end up having to email me for help because their firewall is automatically blocking the referrer information.
FWIW, the most common problem with refusing to pass referrer infomation probably affects those Contact Forms you see on so many sites. One of the ways that most of those mail forms try to make sure a spammer doesn't take them over is to check that the submission is taking place from the domain that houses the forms. That's pretty a pretty standard setup for those mail forms. And works quite well to keep the mail form secure I might add.
Posted 21 May 2005 - 08:54 PM
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