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://www.dropbox.com/s/video fhsbfwieufvewuifhwevfiuenchfwpoeifyvry.mp3" is replaced with "https://yourdomain.com/video." 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 Services.
- 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.
Dropbox forbids link cloaking. Sometimes you inevitably need to hide Dropbox links because of the important information behind it. On Short.io, you can cloak dropbox links that redirect to a single file, like an image, audio. There is no possibility to cloak URLs that lead to a folder with files. For cloaking Dropbox links:
1. Go to your Dropbox file.
2. Create a share link to the file.
3. Change the www in the link to dl.
You have a link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/video.mp3 ?dl=0
Change it to: https://dl.dropbox.com/s/video.mp3
4. Shorten a link > Cloak it.
This way, the link will be shortened, and you will successfully hide important values.
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