Firefox Tip: stop sending referer (sic) information when clicking on a link?By Shaon, Gaea News Network
Friday, November 12, 2010
Next on our continuing series of Firefox Tips is when we are going to detail the procedure of how to stop sending the referer(sic) information when clicking on a link. First before everything seems Hebrew to you. HTTP is an application layer protocol which ensures the transfer of most web pages available on the Internet. So during any transfer hinged on the HTTP protocol it is possible that a request for a “Referer” be made. The Referers would communicate the the location of the page where the user initiated the request to the server.
We will now detail how changing the value of this option would change the way the referrer information is sent over the network. The option may have 3 values like 0,1 and 2. The default value is set at 2.
Stops sending the Referer header or set document.referrer.
Send the Referer header when clicking on a link. Also the the document.referrer is set for the following page.
Send the Referrer header as one clicks on a link or while loading an image. Also document.referrer is set to the following page. (Default)
This option has been checked to have effect in the following sites
Netscape (all versions since 6.1)
Mozilla Suite (all versions since 0.9)
Mozilla Phoenix (all versions)
Mozilla Firebird (all versions)
Mozilla Firefox (all versions)
SeaMonkey (all versions)
Camino (all versions)
Minimo (all versions)
But just before you rush to about.config to change the setting a stark remainder remains that by limiting or denying any referrer service many websites might stop working properly or if working at all. If you are bothered with your security on the big bad Internet feel free to change the values to 0. But the default option gives the most compatibility with websites. Do let us know what you have decided to do.