XFileSharing Pro - Referer tracking

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Referer tracking

#1 Postby RockDiz » Dec 15, 2012 2:16 pm


when I look at files being downloaded, the Referer looks like "/XXXXXXX"
which is the same as the download page domain.com/XXXXXXX
what does that mean when the Referer is the same as the download page link?

Here's an example between two files: http://i47.tinypic.com/b5sn53.jpg

the IPs are almost the same all the way down the list...
Also I'm getting 1million+ downloads a day with only 350,000 page views.

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#2 Postby komi » Dec 18, 2012 2:24 am

If the 'referer' header is empty or equal to the download page, it either means that they have opened the download link without coming from a previous webpage or they are using a browser addon which enforces the header sent to be equal to the page they enter. Most browsers even have a (hidden) option to disable the 'referer' header entirely, which means it would always be empty.

Tracking 'referer' headers has never been reliable, so it is not a bug and there is nothing you can do about this.

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