Off topic: Curious find in my webpage source file.
Posted on December 20, 2012
I just happened to notice the following script inserted into all my websites online page sources:
— Hosting24 Analytics Code —
— End Of Analytics Code (symbols removed).
I looked up hosting24 and its some hosting service which I never have even used before.. I’ve used only the free 000webhost for years on several sites, originally I just intended to use it for some rough drafts but so far have not noticed any reason to switch to a paid hosting service.
Anyway, after a little digging I found that 000webhost (who obviously must be associated with hosting24) inserts this hidden code as a means of determining if the website gets any activity or not, and if it doesn’t then they apparently will remove it from their servers.
It doesn’t particularly bother me, as it’s the only thing they insert into my website (I’ve looked to make sure!) nor do I have any direct access to those stats of that code (I use something else for stats), but “What is the heck is that?!!” it did surprise me..
I suspect I must have “read” it in their terms of service when I originally signed up with them, but I don’t recall.
I see no harm in that inserted code, and have noticed no ill effects or pop-ups from it, so it’s not going to influence me to quit using them or anything.. but, well, it just took me by surprise to see something in my html pages that I did not put there.
I’m not sure why I’m posting about it here!
I just found it curious.