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Anybody Know How to Hide the URL in the Status Bar in FireFox?

Discussion in 'Cloaking and Content Generators' started by crazyflx, May 27, 2010.

  1. crazyflx

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    I'm looking for a way to hide the URL that appears when you mouseover a link in FireFox (you know, the one that appears in the bottom left of the browser window.)

    I've already got and implemented a way that works in IE, but I've searched for the past 2 hours on google for a way to do it in FireFox, found about 10 different ways that were supposed to work, and so far, none of them have.

    Do you know how?
     
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  2. HoNeYBiRD

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    Not quite (thanks though!). What I'm actually looking to do is make it so that a visitor to my page can't see the location of the link they are mousing over.

    As I said, I've already got a working solution for IE, I just can't seem to figure out a working solution for FireFox.

    To make it clear:

    Vistor X shows up at www.mysite.com

    Visitor X sees a link that says "click here" and they mouseover it before clicking. If you do that, go ahead and look at your status bar and you'll see www.mysite.com

    I'm looking for a way to make it so they CAN'T see that if they are using FireFox.
     
  4. 3Infidels

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    Use an uRL shortener like bit.ly? or google "obfusticated code"?
     
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    Your best bet is to just use a redirect script.

    So:

    sketchylinks.com/robyoublind.php?creditcard=1234123412341234

    Becomes:

    myinnocentdomain.com/redirect.php?q=rainbows

    There are more advanced redirectors. There's a Wordpress plugin called GoCodes that uses pretty URLs, for example, but the above is the idea at its rawest.
     
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  7. crazyflx

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    Won't work. The link itself has to stay intact...which is the reason why I don't want my visitors to be able to see it.
     
  8. crazyflx

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    Your idea by itself won't work, but your idea + what your idea made me think of is PERFECT. Thanks!

    EDIT: But I'd still like to know how to do what my original question is.
     
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    been wondering this myself!
    subscribe
     
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    Even though I get a semi-okay solution above, I'd still like to know how to do this.
     
  11. yogi1234

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    wondering this myself!
    subscribe
     
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  12. tacopalypse

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    if you want to hide an affiliate link or something, just link the url to another html file on your domain, and then inside that html file do a meta redirect to your hidden affiliate link.

    alternatively, you could link the url to a javascript function which does a javascript redirect to your hidden url, in which case only the function name will show up in the status bar.
     
  13. Standard Toaster

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    This will require js. Most browsers including FF and IE now have an advanced option to allow or not change in statusbar text. And unfortunately, such an option is unchecked by default.

    Code:
    For example, in Firefox:
    
    Go to Tools > Options
    Click the Content tab
    Ensure that the JavaScript option is checked
    Click Advanced (next to the Enable JavaScript option)
    Check the Change status bar text option
    Click OK to save this screen
    Click OK again
    In Internet Explorer:
    
    Go to Tools > Internet Options
    Click the Security tab
    Ensure that the Internet option is selected/highlighted
    Click Custom Level... (this launches the security settings for the Internet zone)
    Scroll down until you see Allow status bar updates via script (under the Scripting option). Click Enable
    Click OK to save this screen
    Click OK again
    Here the script anyways:

    PHP:
    <a href="javascript_status_bar_messages.cfm"
      
    onMouseover="JavaScript:window.status='Status Bar Message goes here'; return true"
      
    onMouseout="JavaScript:window.status=''; return true">Hover over me!</a>
    Source:
    Code:
    http://www.quackit.com/javascript/javascript_status_bar_messages.cfm
     
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  14. BlueGlobeSeo

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    use an URL shorten er like tiny url.com
     
  15. MauDaFita

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    How about:
    HTML:
    <a href="#" onClick="window.location='http://www.whatever.com';">LINK</a>
     
  16. xboxps3wow

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    I don't have a solution for this, but i've seen sites that show http:///
    Wonder how they do it...
     
  17. drkenneth

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    The secret is to have the link you want to display actually set as the destination.
    However, you add on onclick event that changes the link target to elsewhere, so when they click the link, destination is replaced with where you actually want them to go, and you're done!

    This is nice because it will work in IE, Firefox, Chrome, etc. since you're not trying to directly override the status bar text.

    This link will display google, but actually go to yahoo
    HTML:
    <a href="http://www.google.com" onclick="javascript:this.href='http://www.yahoo.com'">Go to google!</a>
     
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