FastForward: skip tracker and intermediary URLs automatically

silversurfer

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" FastForward is a cross-platform browser extension that will skip link shorteners, trackers and intermediary URLs automatically when enabled. It works on sites such as bit.ly, t.co, goo.gl, show.co, or adf.ly, and thousands of others. "
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Intermediary pages may be used for user tracking, the display of advertisement, or other purposes.

The browser extension is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and other Chromium-based browsers. FastForward is a fork of the discontinued Universal Bypass extension, which we have reviewed in 2018 here on this site.

The extension is open source, and you may check out the GitHub repository here to get a look at the code.

Skip the intermediary page​

Plenty of sites and services use intermediary pages. Some use them for tracking purposes, others to reduce the display of web addresses on their sites, or to earn revenue. Depending on the type of intermediary page, users may be redirected automatically to the destination, may wait before they may continue, or are required to complete an action.

FastForward bypasses intermediary pages automatically. The extension works automatically once it is installed in a compatible browser.

It is recommended that you check the preferences first, as you may want to adjust some of the settings before you start using it. To do so, left-click on the extension icon.

Crowd Bypass uses the wisdom of all users of the extension to enable bypasses for intermediary links that can't be bypassed automatically. Basically, what it does is take the information from the first user who does whatever is required to reach the destination and hand it to all other users of the extension.

While that is useful on one hand, some users may not want the information to be submitted to the project. The team notes that the intermediary page URL, the destination URL, and a hash of the user's IP address are recorded in the process.

You may uncheck "Crowd Bypass: Give and take destinations of unbypassable shorteners" to disable the feature.

Developers who use the extension may test custom bypasses and to submit these to the team so that all users benefit from them.

A list of example redirects is provided on the project's website.
 

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Since ext. come and go, it's nice to hear about alternatives. I have at least one site where it's necessary to skip the intermediate page. So I'm trying Fast Forward now.

In Skip Redirect settings, you can disable the popup notice but in FF there is a page with text very briefly before moving on. FF also has several options SR does not (related to crowd sourcing)--whether that's important is up to the user.

Both seem to work very smoothly. The only hitch would be the extremely brief notification page with FF versus no notification with SR (if you disable that). Even though it's too fast for me to read it, I may go back to Skip Redirect later. I prefer a smooth redirect.
 

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I find this extension quite useful. bitly link shortening service is blocked by our government, weirdly. FastForward can bypass bitly and directly forward to the original url. Also comes useful in some free football streaming sites to quickly redirect to the real site.
 

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Hi, I was thinking that is having Skip Redirect, necessary? Thanks, if you do elaborate on that a bit.
Actually the description of the extension sums it up pretty well:

Plenty of sites and services use intermediary pages. Some use them for tracking purposes, others to reduce the display of web addresses on their sites, or to earn revenue. Depending on the type of intermediary page, users may be redirected automatically to the destination, may wait before they may continue, or are required to complete an action.

FastForward bypasses intermediary pages automatically. The extension works automatically once it is installed in a compatible browser.

So it's makes your browsing experience safer and more private as it directly sends you to the requested sites instead of multiple redirects through intermediary pages. URL shorteners like bit.ly for example redirect you through multiple sites before you can access the requested content. Also some shady sites, often related to p**n have redirects to scam or malicious sites when accidentally clicking on ads that your adblocker might have missed. If it's really necessary is up to you and the way you browse the web.