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clicking on malicious links

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 3:02 pm
by antipop
Why is it better to copy-and-paste a link than to merely click on it, as I have read some say?

Re: clicking on malicious links

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 4:52 pm
by barbaz
Who says? Link please?

I don't know that's necessarily the case but maybe they're thinking because you can strip referer information that way?

Re: clicking on malicious links

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:25 pm
by morganism
Heard the same thing.

referrer points back to you, just like a ping request.

saw it referenced on a Tor routing story, from folks that were trying to hide.

Re: clicking on malicious links

Posted: Mon May 12, 2014 10:55 pm
by therube

Re: clicking on malicious links

Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 3:39 am
by Thrawn
barbaz wrote:Who says? Link please?

I don't know that's necessarily the case but maybe they're thinking because you can strip referer information that way?

It's not just about privacy. If you happened to allow JavaScript, then a page could alter the link target as you click on it.

Actually, the best option is probably to select the link text (by clicking and dragging) and paste that.