Short.io provides link cloaking for replacing a long URL with the short one in the browser address bar. For example, the link like "https://datastudio.google.com/u/1/reporting/0B5FF6JBKbNJxOWItcWo2SVVVeGc" is replaced with "https://yourdomain.com/sheet". The feature's purpose is to hide possibly important parts of links like UTM parameters, affiliate code.
The most frequently cloaked websites among Short.io users are:
- Google Datastudio.
- Google Docs.
- Google Spreadsheets.
- Amazon S3.
If you are trying to cloak links with these services, the error "Cloaking is forbidden by destination URL with X-Frame-Options header" may occur. The main reason for its inception was to provide clickjacking protection. This includes a page rendering in a frame, iframe, or object. Iframes are used to embed and isolate third-party content into a website.
Google Datastudio forbids link cloaking. Sometimes you inevitably need to hide Google Datastudio links because of the important information behind it. For this you need:
1. Go to the Google Data report you want to cloak.
2. Click the Arrow > Embed report
3. Choose Embed URL > Copy it
4. Shorten the URL and cloak it.
This way, the link will be shortened, and you will successfully hide important values.
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