Hyperlink audit in Chrome and Firefox browsers
Sometimes, novice or innocent users can be tricked into participating unintentionally if they send information to another resource. This can add a risk to privacy. For example, HTML5 added a feature to the web called Hyperlink audit. If you are not familiar with this feature, hyperlink auditing is added to a web page or created by a zone element with a ping attribute.
Hyperlink audit pings
It is normally used by sites to track link clicks but it has also been found to be misused by cyber criminals to forward the massive amount of web requests to the sites in an attempt to take them offline. So how do you turn off this feature in your Chromium Where Firefox Navigator? Let’s also try to answer some questions related to it.
We will proceed in 2 steps-
- Disable hyperlink auditing
- Determine if the hyperlink audit is good or bad
Hyperlink auditing is an HTML standard that allows the creation of special links that link to a specified URL when clicked. These pings are performed as a POST request to the specified web page which can then examine the request headers to see which page the link was clicked on.
1]Disable hyperlink auditing
Firefox is one of the few browsers that has the ping attribute disabled by default. You can verify this by opening the browser and looking at about: config> browser.send_pings input value. See the screenshot below for more information.
Chromium plans to remove this capability in future versions. However, you can still turn it off by opening chrome: // flags # disable-hyperlink-auditing and setting the flag to Disabled.
For your information in newer versions, the hyperlink ping tracking feature will be enabled by default, so you may not see these flags in your browser.
2]Is the hyperlink audit good or bad
There was a report some time earlier; he suggested that a new type of DDoS attack abuses the HTML5 Ping based hyperlink auditing feature.
This is a worrying trend, and therefore auditing for hyperlinks is generally not considered a good idea.