Why do people hide their http_referer?
December 18, 2004 9:55 AM Subscribe
Why do people hide their http_referer? [+MI]
posted by dabitch to computers & internet (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
afaik, privacy tools such as this NIS
, will hide something as innocent as your http_referer (the last webpage you visited before landing on the next, ie; google, or metafilter that links to the new page you are visiting.) Apart from breaking old fashioned anti-leech tricks such as .htaccess rewrite
, and even some very useful anti-bot functions in websites that might not want a thousand fake signups or comment spam, what advantage does hiding that information have to the users who do it? I'm just wondering why people feel like they need to hide the last page visited it since I have to code around it all the time and it's getting on my nerves.