CleanLinks

CleanLinks

CleanLinks converts redirect links to normal links: - http://www.foobar.com/track=ftp://gnu.org ➠ ftp://gnu.org - http://example.com/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5nb29nbGUuY29t ➠ http://www.google.com CleanLinks also removes tracking parameters (utm_*, etc.)

What is CleanLinks?
CleanLinks is a Firefox add-on that protects your privacy by automatically detecting and skipping redirect pages, converting redirect links to normal links, and removing tracking parameters from URLs. It also offers a 'Copy clean link' feature and allows users to customize rules for maximum privacy protection.
Stats
By: Cimbali
Users: 124 ▲ 1
Rating: 3.74 (35)
Version: 4.2.3 (Last updated: 2022-02-08)
Creation date: 2018-05-13
Weekly download count: 2
Firefox on Android: Yes
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
Permissions:
  • clipboardWrite
  • contextMenus
  • alarms
  • webRequest
  • webRequestBlocking
  • <all_urls>
  • storage
  • https://publicsuffix.org/list/public_suffix_list.dat
Size: 314.93K
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Summary

CleanLinks protects your private life (and accelerates some pages loading), by automatically detecting and skipping redirect pages, that track you on your way to the link you really wanted.

Tracking parameters (e.g. utm_*, or fbclid) are also removed from URLs.

CleanLinks also adds a “Copy clean link” menu item to the context (right-button) menu, to clean links before copying them to the clipboard.

For maximum privacy, rules are maintained and editable locally (with decent defaults distributed in the add-on). CleanLinks maintains an easily accessible history of links clean, for users to tweak the rules.

CleanLinks differs from a number of other add-ons that do parameter removal (such as Neat URL), skip redirects (such as Skip Redirect), or both (such as ClearUrls), as it automatically detects embedded URLs in the links of redirect pages.

While this means that CleanLinks offers better privacy protection, it also will break some websites that use legitimate redirects (though it tries to automatically detect most of them, such as login pages), and users will need to manually whitelist these URLs for them to work. This can be done easily via the menu from the CleanLinks icon.

User reviews
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Safety
Risk impact

CleanLinks is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install CleanLinks if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

CleanLinks has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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