Have you noticed when you copy text from certain sites lately you get an extra URL bit added to your paste? Well that's Tynt, the Copy/Paste jerks.
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Since js is programmatic, when you do one of these capturable events, like "control-c" to copy, they can have a program "handle" that event and send a server request out behind the scenes. So they are actually making an outbound call to their server when you copy and then they are inserting copy into your selected text.
I agree one shouldn't have to know any of this. That is why in the original post the blogger calls them jerks.Dec 18, 2011
- BTW, if you don't want this happening, there are browser add-ons for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/odjhifogjcknibkahlpidmdajjpkkcfn) and Firefox (http://noscript.net/) that allow you to configure yourself out of this. Again, it's annoying you'd have to get an add-on to do this, but if you want more control of your browser these days this is the way to do it.Dec 18, 2011
- Yeah, I just did a brief search, and I don't block anything locally so I don't use either of those. So I am glad you looked into it and mentioned that here. I was just using those as examples. Really you ought to do what did and edit your hosts, but that's kind of a pain for people who don't want to manage a hosts file.
A lot of these add-ons piggyback self-serving purposes. I read yesterday on reddit that an add-on (don't remember which one) nefariously sends referral requests to Amazon.Dec 18, 2011
- I would assume you could block sites in your browser settings on a chromebook as another alternative. Also annoying and time-consuming but a potential solution.Dec 18, 2011
- Thanks for the info,! I'm not as computer savvy as some others you know, so I appreciate the eff-why-eye.Dec 18, 2011
- no problem, happy to hear your point of view.Dec 18, 2011