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August 19, 2013, 03:34:29 AM
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All of the links in my signature are bit.ly links, so I can see how many people visit them. But now, they ate all replaced with the forum warning, and do not work. I would rather not un-bitly them, because I want to see how many people click them. Can I please be whitelisted or something? And when I go to change them in my profile the warning is not in the box so I cannot remove the warnings manually. I know it is for safety, but you can un-whitelist me. If not,  it is understandable.

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August 19, 2013, 06:52:20 AM
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Most link shorteners are filtered due to phishers/malware.

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August 19, 2013, 06:56:29 AM
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Most link shorteners are filtered due to phishers/malware.

hm, I don't see the reason behind this. there's no difference if I send you a scammy bit.ly or a cleartext url.

it's probably safer to use certain shorteners, like goo.gl or smarturl.it (not sure about bit.ly) - they use malware/phishing filters.

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August 19, 2013, 12:59:21 PM
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Most link shorteners are filtered due to phishers/malware.

hm, I don't see the reason behind this. there's no difference if I send you a scammy (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly or a cleartext url.

it's probably safer to use certain shorteners, like (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) goo.gl  or smarturl.it (not sure about (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly) - they use malware/phishing filters.

It seems smart URL is the only one not filtered there. All the other links got the warning. I may look into it Smiley
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August 20, 2013, 07:38:16 AM
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Most link shorteners are filtered due to phishers/malware.

hm, I don't see the reason behind this. there's no difference if I send you a scammy (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly or a cleartext url.

it's probably safer to use certain shorteners, like (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) goo.gl   or smarturl.it (not sure about (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly) - they use malware/phishing filters.

It seems smart URL is the only one not filtered there. All the other links got the warning. I may look into it Smiley

All the links in your sig are gone.
Also, the forum should make the warning a little more subtle. Tongue

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August 20, 2013, 07:41:05 AM
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It seems smart URL is the only one not filtered there. All the other links got the warning. I may look into it Smiley

smarturl checks for malware, spam and phishing before even accepting an url. what I wanted to point out is that shortened urls are safer than any random clear url.

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August 20, 2013, 08:43:43 AM
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It should be possible to check the 301 redirects (on the server) and then base a blacklist off that.
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August 20, 2013, 03:26:53 PM
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Most link shorteners are filtered due to phishers/malware.

hm, I don't see the reason behind this. there's no difference if I send you a scammy (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly or a cleartext url.

it's probably safer to use certain shorteners, like (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) goo.gl    or smarturl.it (not sure about (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) (FORUM WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN CLICKING UNKNOWN LINKS!) bit.ly) - they use malware/phishing filters.

It seems smart URL is the only one not filtered there. All the other links got the warning. I may look into it Smiley

All the links in your sig are gone.
Also, the forum should make the warning a little more subtle. Tongue

I like how every time someone quotes someone, the forum adds another set of forum warnings, just in case you didn't get the message. I count 9 forum warnings in the above quote. Seems a little excessive.

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August 20, 2013, 04:59:21 PM
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I removed that warning for now (I implemented them during the mass-hacking and spamming of trojan sites, which was crude but effective), but might still add something similar temporarily if the spam starts again.

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August 20, 2013, 05:31:07 PM
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I removed that warning for now (I implemented them during the mass-hacking and spamming of trojan sites, which was crude but effective), but might still add something similar temporarily if the spam starts again.
Thank you, John!
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