The clickbank hop encoder, HopLink Shield - what's the point of it? When you click it the hop appears in the URL anyway, so what protection is there? I'm aware that you can decode them and look at the bottom of the page anyway, but this is more because it looks unprofessional sitting in the address bar from the customers point of view and makes it glaringly obviously that it's affiliate sales, rousing suspicion. Pretty annoying because they make a big song and dance at sign up about how your name is really unimportant and you can put literally anything in there, then they ban you for registering a new account (presumably when you're making fat return commissions). I would have gone with a gibberish name if I had known this. I know you can hide it as a vendor, do they tell vendors how to do this? Is this the fault of lazy vendors more than anything?