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Universal Jobmatch: track-free jobseeking

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Ipswich Unemployed Action reveals how you can reduce the impact of your Universal Jobmatch jobsearch tracking in 3 easy steps. You will not be able to login to the website if following this guide. 

This is a very rough “not perfect but it works” solution to the privacy problem. A simpler solution of disabling javascript will not work as the site requires it to be enabled in order to work.  This doesn’t mask or hide your IP address and hostname but aims to prevent such going to their logging system.

1. Kill the external websites

One of the easiest ways is to block external third party domains with the windows host file.

When you visit https://jobsearch.direct.gov.uk you actually also load up javascript and images on media.gra.businesslink.gov.uk and statse.webtrendslive.com – this tracks your activities including via cookies.

Using windows host file

We recommend (if you know what you are doing) to open up your windows host file (assuming you are on Windows of course!) stored at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\host (the drive letter and windows directory may vary)

You are likely to have to change permissions on the file in order to write to it. Make sure once you happy with it working that you change

This file looks like this (assuming you haven’t added to it) – the dates are a bit backwards as this is from Windows XP.

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a ‘#’ symbol.
# For example:
# rhino.acme.com # source server
# x.acme.com # x client host           localhost

The sole entry by default (sometimes two, depending on your version of Windows) will be localhost. is the “loopback” address – this is a quick way of referring back to your own computer without needing to know your network or public IP address. If you had a web server loaded on your PC then typing in or localhost will load the website up.

Underneath the localhost entry add the following (one per line, tab between IP and web address) :-          media.gra.businesslink.gov.uk          statse.webtrendslive.com

This prevents your web browser doing a real DNS check on the domains featured and loading to their real server – instead it loads those websites on your home computer. The difference is, as you don’t have a web server setup on your PC, the request simply fails. Technically, it’s like trying to use the internet when your internet is down… just for those sites.


Written by Universal Jobmatch

December 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm

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  1. I.U.A:

    I want to marry and have your babies!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

  2. this got approved by mistake… its a much larger article

    Universal Jobmatch

    December 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    • I was at the Library end of Saturday afternoon, coming up to closing time, and only skimmed it.


      Andrew Coates

      December 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    • my fault, it was late until I added WIP to the title and start of the post… should have done that first! hehe

      Universal Jobmatch

      December 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  3. https://media.gra.businesslink.gov.uk/js/wt/webtrends_dcs3tkseh000002rjc96xmy5q_8r6f.js

    // WebTrends SmartSource Data Collector Tag
    // Version: 9.4.0
    // Tag Builder Version: 4.0
    // Created: 5/18/2012 4:03:08 PM

    Looks as dodgy as Hell!


    December 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

  4. function WebTrends(){



    December 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  5. Just use a proxy like http://hidemyass.com/ ……

    proxy server

    December 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  6. funny post pastied from another website
    From FB

    Hotline: Benefit Fraud Hotline, can I help?
    Me: Yes, I’d like to report benefit fraud.
    Hotline: Ok, can I have the name and address of the person?
    Me: Yes, it’s David Cameron, number 10, Downing Street.

    long pause………..

    Hotline: I’m sorry, can you say that again, do you mean the ‘David Cameron’? What evidence do you have that he has committed fraud?
    Me: It’s on record he claimed Child Disability Allowance even though he is rich and would easily have had over £16,000 in savings. How does he circumvent the nationwide rule of applying for benefits when clearly not needing them, or qualifying under your regulations?

    Hotline: So you want to report David Cameron?
    Me: Erm… I believe that is what I said.. twice now.
    Hotline: Let me get my manager.
    Me: (Sighs) .. ok, get your manager.

    Manager: Can I help you?
    Me: You seem to need me to repeat myself before taking a report, is that deliberate, or are you willingly accepting responsibility for not doing your job, therefore forcing me to phone the police regarding your complicity in this case? I believe your colleague has already told you what I am reporting? I want documented evidence sent to my address, that you are dealing with my request and performing the necessary investigations please.

    Manager: I’m sorry, I can’t hear you.
    Me: That’s ok Pauline Toner, I heard your colleague calling you over the phone and I can report you for being an accessory, if that’s what you want? I think you should apply for benefits as ‘unfit for work’ considering you are deaf. You shouldn’t be answering the telephone. Please get your manager to call me, regarding your unprofessional conduct and tell him I want a call back today. Thanks.

    THE BENEFIT FRAUD HOTLINE number if anyone wants to help: 0800 783 9668. Speak to Mrs Pauline Toner who likes to pretend she is deaf.

    super ted

    December 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  7. How about his one then:


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 2, 2012 at 12:32 am

  8. super ted

    December 2, 2012 at 1:02 am


    Time for some serious lovin!

    Ladies and Gentleman I give you: Toni Braxton ‘Unbreak my heart’ Video.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 2, 2012 at 1:04 am

  10. Did anyone watch the Andrew Marr show this morning? – George Osbourne was on and it sounded like he was trying to get working people to have a go at their neighbours who are unemployed – Wouldn’t this be a crime? – something on the lines of incitment to violence.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

  11. Hi, this weekend is nice in favor of me, as this occasion i am reading this impressive informative
    piece of writing here at my house.


    July 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

  12. Why viewers still make use of to read news papers when in
    this technological world all is existing on web?


    July 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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