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    Hello,
    can you explain what does the new "Encrypt link?" option does?
    You find it in the "advanced options" while taking product links.
    It encrypts only the portion of code that regards the merchabt numebr and the affiliate number (click-xxxxxx-yyyyyyyy), so I do not understand the utility of this.
    Is it for better search engine indexing purpose?

    Thank you very much,
    Monica

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    Hi Monica,

    Affiliate hijacking and bypassing simply happens because the affiliate link is exposed.

    This is something we have considered - and it will be added soon to our clients accounts-, but it may be useless if the affiliate program is popular, and the affiliate link uses the merchant domain name (then the BHO - Browser Helper Object - can easily identify the program).

    If the hijacker (adware, spyware or troajn) has an affiliate account it will easily create an ecrypted url to replace yours.

    http://programdomain.com/edq234242424242424 (yours)
    http://programdomain.com/OTHERS-ENCRYPTED-LINKS

    This becomes hard if the domain name is a cj (or myreferer) server because edq234242424242424 will identify the program id as well.

    Encryption does not solve everything.. but will reduce the risk!

    I hope this helps.

    Max
    MyReferer.com/net

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    I recommend your own "tinyurl" ie. redirects on your site.

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    Excellent idea iktorn. Either that or some kind of php redirect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christh
    Excellent idea iktorn. Either that or some kind of php redirect.
    If you host on Linux you can use .htaccess

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    Just make sure you place &afsrc=1 after the URL in any redirects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey
    Just make sure you place &afsrc=1 after the URL in any redirects.
    What is this for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iktorn
    What is this for?
    It's like chocolate sauce for parasites. Gives them a warm fuzzy feeling when they eat your link.

    -John.
    There's a reason army's wear uniforms even though it makes them easier to spot. Sometimes that's what you want. Uniforms suggest organization, power, and numbers. These, in turn, inspire fear. And, as any good operative knows, there is no more effective weapon than fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrl
    It's like chocolate sauce for parasites. Gives them a warm fuzzy feeling when they eat your link.
    Can you explain more clearly ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by iktorn
    Can you explain more clearly ??
    Sorry. I was feeling facetious. See this earlier thread for more of a discussion. I remain somewhat unconvinced that it helps.

    -John.
    There's a reason army's wear uniforms even though it makes them easier to spot. Sometimes that's what you want. Uniforms suggest organization, power, and numbers. These, in turn, inspire fear. And, as any good operative knows, there is no more effective weapon than fear.

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    Thanks John

    Interesting reading...

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    Off topic but love that ebates emoticon jrrl !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christh
    Off topic but love that ebates emoticon jrrl !!
    It's one the 5 bazillion Haiko loaded up the other day on here. I saw it in a post by someone else (Trust, maybe? Gordon, maybe? I dunno.) and almost wet myself.

    -John.
    There's a reason army's wear uniforms even though it makes them easier to spot. Sometimes that's what you want. Uniforms suggest organization, power, and numbers. These, in turn, inspire fear. And, as any good operative knows, there is no more effective weapon than fear.

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    Usually a redirection can stop a parasite-ware (adware/spyware). But a cgi redirect should work better than a framed page or meta refresh (html).

    ---- Max/MyReferer.com

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