NOREF - Suppress Referrer (referer) for Hyperlinks

What is NOREF?
NOREF is a Chrome extension that adds a rel=noreferrer attribute to every link on web pages, preventing the transmission of the referrer header to sites. It strengthens privacy and ensures that websites do not receive the URL of the referring web page when a link is clicked on.
This extension was removed from Chrome Web Store on 2021-08-04
Users: 1,988+
Rating: 3.23 (48)
Version: 1.5 (Last updated: 2016-04-18)
Creation date: 2016-04-18
Risk impact: High risk impact
Risk likelihood: High risk likelihood
Manifest version: 2
  • tabs
  • http://*/*
  • https://*/*
Size: 16.26K
Price: Free
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Privacy Policy This extension is completely private. All data saved using this extension are kept locally on the browser and available only to the user. This extension does not collect nor transmit any data to any parties.

V1.5: Conforms to manifest v2 V1.4: Can now exclude (whitelist) full or partial domains or URLs V1.3: Optimization/Cleanup V1.2: The extension's icon is now hidden V1.1: Skipped V1.0: This extension adds a rel=noreferrer attribute to every link on any web page being viewed. It blocks sending referer headers to landing pages, thereby strengthening privacy while browsing.

Referrer (aka referer) is a header value transmitted by the browser to a target web site when a link is clicked on. It contains the URL of the referring web site where the link was clicked on. Some users may not wish to share that information with websites while they browse due to privacy concerns. This Chrome extension blocks the transmission of the referrer header to sites, by adding rel=noreferrer to every link on web pages.

Note1: The rel=noreferrer attribute is only supported in HTML5 compliant browsers such as Chrome.

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User reviews
by Petrovich Petrovich, 2019-11-28

Works good for blocking redirection
by Tomek Kowalski, 2019-05-21

Some pages use the rel attribute also for grouping of lightboxes. For example fancybox is using it. Quote: Galleries are created from elements who have the same "data-fancybox-group" or "rel" attribute value. Can't this problem be fixed if you check whether an <a> has already a rel attribute and if so just add "noreferrer" to it instead of just setting it to this value only? And maybe check if it is already containing "noreferrer". I've seen this for example: rel="noreferrer group1". In this case it should not be changed.
by Steffen Busch Steffen Busch, 2017-06-19
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Risk impact

NOREF 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 extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install NOREF if you trust the publisher.

Risk likelihood

NOREF may not be trust-worthy. Avoid installing if possible unless you really trust this publisher.

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