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Jan 26

Caution: short-URL send your porn watching history to anyone

Today I had an interesting post from the german blogger Markus in my feed reader. On his blog he wrote a report about a website who can send your history relating porn movies to anyone, just by clicking on a short-URL like tinyurl.com/clickhere. The site, spoken about is didyouwatchporn.com.

First, the website asks you simply:

Did You? - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 1

After some second, you get redirected and shows all your visited porn sites. By analyzing the sourcecode it read the browser history using javascript, compare it with a list on another file and display you every visited site with adult movies. Because I am so honest, I didn’t visited any of these pages. (Or I cleaned my history carefully ;-))

No, You Didn't - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 2

But, what happen If I visited one? Yes, of course. It recognised it and shows this image:

Yes You Did - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 3

So far, there’s nothing evil. But as you’ve seen in the last picture, you can spy the history of your friends.

A form opens when you click the green button and you can enter an email adress where the report should be sent or, alternatively your facebook account.

Report Link - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 4

Now we are at a point, where it becomes tricky: The short-url. Normally, you have no chance to see what site hides behind such a short-url until you click it. But in this case it could be one click to much.

Report sent - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 5

As you could see, the report has been automatically sent to my trash mailadress. This mail includes a link to the following report

Report - didyouwatchporn.com Screenshot 6

But what can you do, to prevent this?

First of all, the most safely way is not clicking on every link sent to you. But I know from my own experiences, that it isn’t easy all the time. So in this specific case you can enable a preview for tinyurl.com on their homepage. This sets a cookie on your local machine. I think, there are also some plugins for your browser.

Apart from that, the easiest way is not visiting porn sites. ;-)

Permanent link to this article: http://project89.com/short-url-send-porn-history-20/

1 comment

  1. Markus

    Hi Nina! Thanks for the link :) schöne Woche noch!

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