Why I don’t display referrers

Thursday 19th January, 2006
Some sites display "today's referrers" to show where people who visit the site have come from. I don't do this for a couple of reasons, partly as it can be abused by people trying to draw attention to their site and secondly as it can invade on privacy.

A perfect example came in today, when I got the most public referrer I have ever seen - I've replaced some of the characters with # to preserve identity.

http://aunsw01.###.com.au/mail/i#####.nsf/($inbox)/4ab37ea36c0316acca2570f9007bd2e6/?opendocument

Clicking on this referrer open the authentication screen of his company's iNotes server directly. Not only that, I can see what company he came from and even his first initial and surname. Knowing how Domino addressing works, I could no doubt email i#######@######.com.au.

Funny how much information people give away without even trying...

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