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  • urlhid.com is a simplistic, and minimal site that we developed to help keep your website referrer private.

    First let me state that the browsers reporting this are horribly misinforming visitors. The warning page that is being seen upon an initial visit to lilfile.com is reporting that visiting the site can perhaps infect your computer, or in some way install malware onto your computer. This is untrue, and the malware would only be contained in user uploaded files.

    What is a website referrer?

    Whenever you click or share a link, the destination website is able to see the previous page you were on before you came to their site. For example, if you share a link on forum, and it links to a media download. The site that hosts that media download is capable of seeing how many visitors they received from that particular forum.

    How does urlhid hide my referrer?

    urlhid takes the url you give it, and places "urlhid.com" in front of your link. When this link is shared or visited, urlhid simply redirects to the real link. What this does is shows urlhid.com as your link referrer, and not the actual page where you clicked the link. This keeps the website where the link was posted or clicked private from the destination website.

    Why not use a url shortener?

    As the name of urlhid suggests, some might be wondering why the actual url isn't actually hidden. There are many reasons for this, the primary being that url shorteners have gotten a bad rap for hiding malicious websites within their links. The user that clicks a shortened url has no idea where they are going to end up. There is security in showing the actual link within the urlhid link, so that the potential user to click the link, can still see where they will end up.

    At a later date, we may include a url shortener within urlhid to offer a separate url with the link fully hidden from a user.

    Other network happenings

    urlhid is one of many projects we've been working on since the refocus. Do not fret that this simple service is the first one we're launching. Many more sites are on the way, urlhid is merely the first one ready for launch.

    We hope long time fans of ours stick with us. The internet is transistioning through tough times with the prevelance of Adblocker becoming more popular. Long-time sites, and website networks are shutting down left, and right as a consquence. Our goal is to make it through this transition, as we create a better solution. However, until then, we do have our donation page setup.

    We have a few sites in development, and many more great ideas for sites down the road. All of which cannot happen without the support of you, the visitor. If you like our services, and the fact that we've released multiple ad-free services, please do consider donating. We are hard at work on finishing up some services that have been in development for a while. Stay tuned, as more is coming shortly.

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  • This is a blog entry is to address users wondering why our lilfile site is popping up a malware warning page before entering the site.

    First let me state that the browsers reporting this are horribly misinforming visitors. The warning page that is being seen upon an initial visit to lilfile.com is reporting that visiting the site can perhaps infect your computer, or in some way install malware onto your computer. This is untrue, and the malware would only be contained in user uploaded files.

    Why

    Browsers are showing this warning because, like any service on the Internet, people abuse lilfile. People are allowed to upload any content they want to lilfile. Just as someone would upload malware to Google Drive, or Dropbox, the difference is that browsers don't mark those services for one reason or another.

    What does this mean?

    Users have the ability to upload files to lilfile, good or bad. Specific browsers have received information concerning the bad parts of user uploads, and are warning users (inaccurately) that you can get malware from the site, and not specifically noting that the malware is in the user uploads, not the site inself.

    How to stay safe with lilfile

    Any time you download a file from the Internet, and run it on your computer, you are giving certain permissions to the author of that file to do things on your computer. When a site like lilfile allows for anonymous uploads, this opens up an opportunity for malware and virus writers, as they have very little traceability back to them. Because of this, you should always only download files from sites you trust, and people you know. To download an .exe file on our site, from an untrusted source, or website is asking for trouble to be installed on your computer in the background.

    Finding a solution

    We are attempting to contact the companies responsible for pushing the warning before entering lilfile, in hopes that they can either only show the warning on actual file link pages that they have determined contain malware, or not show the warning at all, if they cannot produce an accurate account that the entire site is serving malware, simply upon visiting it.

    For now, lilfile users are encouraged to ignore the warning, and go about uploading files per usual, and always remember to not be downloading files from a link you were handed from a stranger or unknown site.

    We hope this clears up some confusion, and educates others as to what parts of lilfile may contain malware. Just by visiting, and uploading files you are not going to be infected. Downloading a file that a long-time friend gave you, you probably aren't going to be infected. Downloading an .exe file claiming to be a game crack, from a site that has very little reputation, and you probably are going to get infected.

    lilFile will not change its policy on what files it allows, simply because large corporations don't understand the need for it. If you've ever tried to attach a legitimate .exe or .zip file to an email for a collegue or friend using an online email, you understand why we created lilfile, and why we won't change that we allow simple uploading of these files, even if others have found a way to abuse it.

    Hit us up on our contact page if you have more questions or concerns about the lilfile issue. We will try to answer or update this blog post with any new info.

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  • After a long downtime, CTEN is back online, and with it a refocusing of our time into how we develop our network. Previously, we had been spending the bulk of our time increasing the content of GamesForWork.com and Krankr.com. Today we are announcing the shift of that time into developing new web services, and polishing the existing ones.

    We've also shifted our entire network of sites to an in-house location. Long-term this means more streamlined web services that we're better able to maintain, control, and monitor. It is also largely responsible for the downtime before this refocus has begun. Short-term, you may experience some sluggishness with sites until settings get finalized.

    For GamesForWork and Krankr, the harsh reality is that we can no longer spend time to update their content day after day. It simply wasn't paying off, both in time, and site traffic. Both sites will remain online, along with all their current content, however, new content will not be added "daily". Both sites will be updated to represent this new direction, and will present random content in more prevalent areas.

    Moving forward from this refocus, both in time, and effort, means that new services will be released at a much more rapid pace. Site bugs will be able to be detected, and hopefully resolved more quickly, as well. We will become much more agile with launching services after their inception.

    We have many new services still in the works, and many ideas that are now able to come off the "back burners". We're excited to introduce you to this new method, and speed at which CTEN is preparing to release new services. We hope that even if you enjoyed the daily content we provided in the past, you will stick with us as we launch new features to existing sites, along with brand new services.

    If any service of ours hasn't settled down for you, and become responsive and quick, it should within a week or so, as we customize each service to its new location. We look forward to our next update, and our first addition after this refocusing.

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  • Today we have taken a hard step on fighting adblocker. CTEN has enabled a feature that will help promote donating in all spots where an ad should be, but isn't displaying if you are running a form of adblocking.

    In layman terms, the system pulls a random image from a pool of creative images, designed to grab your attention to the fact that we are in need of donations.

    In an age of annoying ads, and, as installing adblocker in a world of web browser addons, and plugins becomes easier, CTEN has had to take this step. It is a creative way to re-enable the spots where ads would appear, and fill it with a non-disruptive image linking to our donation page.

    As time progresses, we will likely use this same method to help promote our own sites in these blocked ad spots. This new method of showing other content if an ad is blocked will be the norm for all current, and future CTEN sites.

    lilFile still remains the only site that actually prevents usage if adblocker is detected. This is due to the nature of allowing users to download files of 100MB for free. The only thing that has been implemented today across CTEN is the promoting of our donation page, and our asking of disabling adblocker on our sites.

    We are striving to keep all our published content free, and visible even to those that run adblocker. We hope this step helps us, and helps remind visitors of our situation.

    We look forward to launching the next batch of web services shortly. All our ad-free sites DumpText, NeverPass, ipGrab, upRnot, and Jottn continue operation as normal without any ads on them.

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  • Many new changes are happening at CTEN, and the start of it all is a new face site for the network. The home of CTEN receives a sleek new design, remade from the ground up, using some of the latest web technologies out there to make it sleek, and fast.

    The new design marks the onslaught of new services the network is about to launch. The new site moves away from previous encarnations of the site, including a grunge and splattered look, and goes in the complete opposite direction for a fine tuned, corporate redesign.

    The redesign includes a simplified company logo, a new blog system that CTEN will use to more closely communicate with CTENers, some popular freqently asked questions, an in-depth About Us page that will allow new comers, and veterans of the network alike, an easy way to see where CTEN has been, and the previous services that have been launched, and a contact and donation page.

    While the new site's purpose is mainly informative about the network, it will lead the way for the many new services CTEN is about to launch.

    Alongside the new CTEN, we've also launched a new CTEN bar. The new CTEN bar looks different, is coded and embedded differently, but offers the same network details, and site launches you're use to seeing. We'll be slowly rolling it out to the sites within the network over the next little while and making sure they can handle the new code.

    As website competition heats up, we will be promoting the new CTEN Blog to keep you updated, and the Donation Page to help the network survive in an age of adblocker.

    We hope you enjoy the new design, and the upcoming services that we'll be launching shortly.

    Here's a few images of past designs that CTEN has gone through, the first one being 14 years ago, when the site was a gaming, and hardware news portal. The other images include versions of the site that promoted sites in the network.

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  • As the dynamic of the net changes, so too do CTEN sites. MirroraFile.com's purpose has been served as lilFile.com takes center stage for CTEN file hosting. The way Mirror a File sent files off to 3rd party file hosters as slowly been a hit or miss function, as the 3rd party sites began to turn off the ability to allow other sites to upload to them.

    Enough of the file hosts have stopped working, that we believe it's now time to shut down Mirror a File. Any existing links to mirrored files will continue to work, however, the front page will begin redirecting to lilFile.com, and with it no new uploads will be possible on MirroraFile.com.

    This will help CTEN focus on maintaining, and delivering new services to CTEN goers. As a final goodbye, here's a screenshot of what MirroraFile.com looked like upon closing day.

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  • Game Industry Jobs closes to allow CTEN to focus on more productive services. GiJ was never all that popular, and after years of dying, we've finally put it down. While our idea for the site was grand, you never took off the way we wanted. With some CTEN services that disappear, we can comfort you with the possibility that they will return, however, with what we learned, this is most likely not the case for GameIndustryJobs.com.

    The service will now redirect to the homepage of the new CTEN face site.

    Farewell GiJ, you never amounted to much, but we learned a bunch from your successes, and failures.

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  • The first iteration of vgBlogs didn't pan out the way we had hoped. While we had great expectations for the service, the backend was ill equipped to handle what people wanted out of a micro-blogging service. CTEN has choosen to temporarily shutdown vgBlogs inorder to bring it back in the future, but better.

    VgBlogs had suffered from multiple glitches, and full blown bugs, and never received the proper amount of attention. We're hoping to relaunch the service at a later date, with much more fanfare than version 1.0.

    As with other recently cancelled CTEN services, the url will point to the new CTEN face site.

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  • As CTEN continues its cleanup across the network, uReviews gets pushed in among the dead. We always thought uReviews had potential, and we even toyed with the idea of trying to get hardware to send out to our top users for review. That never panned out, and the site became little more than a reminder of things tested, and failed by CTEN.

    While CTEN desires to re-launch the site someday, that desire may never come to fruition, as CTEN has many ideas, that have far more likelihood of succeeding. A uReviews return is not out of the question, however, it will be far into the future.

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