I did a Google search on the web site and I found that it is
used as I thought, to keep track of how many users click on the
articles shown in Top Tech Tidbits. It isn't tracking you
around the Internet.
I did a bit of experimenting and I understand what is going
on now. The actual link you see when you read the message
isn't the link you actually go to when you click on it in the
I copied the link as shown on the newsletter page to a story,
which is the link to the actual page where the story came
from. I then pasted it into a browser using UBlock Origin
(spelling) and when I went to that ;page, I got no blocked
I then copied the underlying link the e-mail message is
using. to the clipboard and pasted it into the same browser
and followed it. I got the same message you got. The browser
I was using to open links I click on in my e-mail program
doesn't have UBlock Origin installed but I tested the
underlying link on one that does and I got the same message as
the actual link as displayed on the page to the story I
That's the link you see. Its the same principle as someone
writing a link in words such as click here but in this case,
the actual link to the article is shown.
The underlying link is:
And its that underlying link that generates the blocking
message. Evidently, Tech Talk Tidbits places the articles it
links to on its own site. You don't go to the article on the
originating site, you go to it on their web site.
I just tried the underlying link in the Brave browser and I
got the following message:
This site may attempt to track you across other sites
Brave has prevented the following site from loading:
This site may try to link some of your personal data with a
cookie before showing the content.
Don't warn me about this site again
While I trust the owner of Top Tech Tidbits not to track me,
I'm giving this result to provide information. I had
considered whether I should present it but I want people to be
informed and I didn't want to withhold information.
On 1/21/2022 3:17 PM, Vicki W
That makes sense. Thank you.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2022 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] problem with links in an
Perhaps this has something to do with being redirected.
I don't know enough about this to discuss it in any detail
or to know exactly what happens but at least some links in
Tech Talk Tidbits redirect you to their web site, as far
as I can tell, and their site then directs you to the
intended site. My guess is that this is a way of the site
keeping track of how many people click on links in the
newsletter to attract advertisers. There may be something
in the way the browser is first directed by the e-mail to
the Tidbit's web site, then redirected by the web site to
the intended link that triggers the message.
All the links in the newsletter may do so.
On 1/21/2022 3:01 PM, Vicki W
I've been selecting temporary disable, but I didn't
know why I would get the message for every link in that
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2022 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] problem with links
in an e-mail
:Perhaps something has changed in the data-base
cited. I don't know how disabling this data-base
would affect ad blocking in general. Disabling it
temporarily may just mean for following this specific
link. I haven't looked into how UBlock Origin
(spelling) works. You could disable the add-on when
you are going to read this newsletter or you could
disable the data-base temporarily when you get such a
But I would think the data-bases that tell the
program when something is or is likely to be
advertising changes over time.
On 1/21/2022 2:30 PM, Vicki
I have noticed that recently when I click on a
link in an e-mail, most often Top Tech Tidbitts,
that I get the following message, which does not pop
up in every e-mail, but always in Top Tech Tidbits:
Anyone have any ideas why I would suddenly start
getting this message especially in specific e-mails?