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Thread: How to block URL Shortening sites?

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    How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Help me please? Can a get a help regarding blocking the url shortening sites? Does anyone have a good way to block a massive amount of these url shortening sites? I've added 10+ to my censored list but I am hoping to find an easier solution. These sites are a plaque and people are getting phished or even brought to sites that my users don't want to go to. So, anyone with any help please come up?

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Ok so Url shortening sites work like any other link to the website, there is no way to have an automated system to detect without a list, and yet the new can be added easily, so the list quickly out of date. Instead of a difficult technical restriction that may or may not be effective, we must add that in their rules if not already exist and bring the hammer in his moderator to get to enforce it. If the problem is more with new users, then preventing them from publishing outside the moderation queue from office early or prevent them from publishing the URLs for their first jobs.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Something like websnapr to display a thumbnail of the link page can be tried I can’t say by been sure completely that this is going to work or no but I think this should be tried once and let’s hope this would be helping you out.Well I have also found had found some sites where you can check what the real URL hidden behind shorten url. Without visiting the URL short. I do not know about blocking these URLs. Let’s hope for the best and think you get some help with this.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    I have not got a solution for this, but I have some suggestions I'd like to share about this and that is, short URL hides the destination address, and as a result can be used to redirect to an unexpected place. Examples are Rickrolling, redirecting download sites, or affiliate websites. Unexpectedly short URLs can also redirect a user to rip pages and pages containing malware or XSS attacks that use the redirect to avoid blacklisting of URLs. TinyURL try to deactivate the spam related links redirection. ZoneAlarm, however, has warned its users "may be unsafe TinyURL This website has been known to distribute spyware .." TinyURL counteract this problem by offering an option to preview a link before using a shorter URL. This capability is installed in the browser through the TinyURL website, however, and requires the use of cookies. Hopefully it gets you somewhere around your solution.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    I don’t think that this is a good idea actually to ban this and anyways well I would like to say that as far as I don’t know much about your version of phpBB, cannot be an option to do now. I'm pretty sure you can block users by IP in the new versions. Check your records and if not offer the information, you need a script on the page that records the name of intellectual property and registration of your database. PhpBB can already do this; it might pay to dig through their support forums before adding a dash of your account.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Would like to discuss on this topic in my way hope it would help you out in certain ways, ok so while at the same time, the URL of your time complaining about everything, a good job. TinyURL is perhaps one of the famous, but it's good to know more about what we have to change from one to another, if you ever get bored. Here we have collected 68 URL shortening services on the Internet is still working. Why is 'still working'? Some services were forced to close thanks to spammers. Along with the list, we think you might also want a list of funded services bookmarket URL shortening a file marker for Firefox you can shorten any direction on the fly with Firefox. Everything after the jump.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Hey friends really thanks a lot for all of you working hard for me searching out and posting stuffs for me, it did helped me out of my problem and really liked the help from you all.Once again i have been helped by you guys and i knew i would be helped out easily over here once again thanks and keep helping me in future too i face quite a lot of such problems. so even thanks in advance if sometime i forgot to.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Hey what a nice help from you all once again you all served a better information and as always you suggestions again fetched me a right way so i think this is really a nice way to deal with you all and as you all have been solving my problem from so long and every problems i am really happy with you all guys and expect to get helped in future also so that i can enjoy every moment with the technology and get my problems solved.

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    Re: How to block URL Shortening sites?

    Preferably a hard technical limitation that may or may not be powerful, you require to add it in your rules and bring the hammer down on your moderators to get them to enforce it. If the problem exists more with the new users, then prevent them from posting off the moderation queue for their first few posts, or prevent them from posting urls for their first few posts.

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