Double Meta Refresh

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
Is a double meta refresh effective on all server to hide referring URLs?
Question by:tincanalley
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    by:Michel Plungjan
    This? - seems questionable and some sites dislike it a lot.
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    A double meta refresh is likely to hide the referrer data from your server, so your server will not know who is the referrer for these requests.
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    by:Michel Plungjan
    @shalomc: I think the asker knows what it does. The question seems to be if it is reliable.

    Author Comment

    Yes. I do know what it is but want to know its reliability. The reason that it is generally used, is with affiliate offers so that the vendor can't see what keywords you are using and what sites you are advertising on to drive sales to their site. This is in case they would want to steal your data.
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    DMR does not work well with all browsers.
    It does not mask the referrer for Chrome and Safari, or at least that's what I know back from 2010. You can write some code to redirect Chrome and Safari somewhere else. You lose some revenue but gain full traffic source protection.

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