Link Cloaking for Google Calendar

Sep 23, 2020 2 min read
Link Cloaking for Google Calendar

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://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r/settings/calendar/YWRkcmVzc2Jvb2sjY29udGFjdHNAZ3JvdXAudi5jYWxlb" is replaced with "https://yourdomain.com/business-cal". 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:

  1. Typeform.
  2. Cognitoforms.
  3. Formsite.
  4. Google Services.
  5. Zoom.
  6. Amazon S3.
  7. Youtube.

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 Calendar forbids link cloaking. Sometimes you inevitably need to hide Calendar's links because of the important information behind it. For this you need:

1. Go to Google Calendar.

2. Click Settings.

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3. Choose the necessary calendar.

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4. Extract the link from the embed code from the src value.

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Example:

iframe src="https://calendar.google.com/calendar/htmlembed?src=addressbook%23contacts%40group.v.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FNew_York" style="border: 0" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe

5. Shorten a link > Cloak it.

This way, the link will be shortened, and you will successfully hide important values.

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What did you learn?

  • shorten links for Google Calendar
  • x-frame error
  • how to hide links
  • link cloaking
  • google calendar embed link

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