> I have a website and I want to add a link to another web but I do not wish
> the webmaster of the other web to know that the visitors came from my
> site... Is there any way of fooling the server logs from finding out where
> the visitors come from?
> I thought a service that shortens the URL like http://www.gnu.vu would do
> the job but I have been told in another newsgroup that is not the case and
> there is no way of stopping the server from logging where the visitors
> came from, I would like to make sure that is the case, it seems very
> strange to me that I can't stop that.
Why would this seem strange?
You can't stop it because it's something the visitor's web browser
tells the site you're linking to. It's called referrer logging, and
it's configurable in most browsers. Maybe all browsers, and certainly
the vast majority you're likely to see. If a visitor's browser makes it
to your site it obviously knows where it is. Even if you manage to
obfuscate your URL it has to point to your site, right? :)
If referrer logging is turned on in the visitor's browser it tells the
next site where it's coming from when asked. Simple as that. And most
people have referrer logging enabled because a) it's a default in most
browsers, and b) a lot of sites refuse to display properly without it
So unless you can reconfigure your visitors' settings you're out of
luck. And if you can, please let us know because it's a HUGE security