Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mysterious Clicks

Last Friday I was talking on the phone to an old buddy, Andy, from high school. I wanted to show him a web page on the Adjix website so I created an Adjix link (redirect) to it and gave it to him over the phone. He manually typed the link into his web browser without any problems.

After we got off the phone I checked my Adjix link stats and noticed that there were two clicks on the newly created link. One link click was registered about 40 seconds after it was created which was obviously Andy typing it into his web browser. But, about 15 minutes later, while we were still on the phone, there was a second click from this IP address:

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This IP address is registered to Japan Network Information Center. This strikes me as a little odd since I live in San Diego and Andy lives in L.A. The only other useful thing I can tell you about this link click is that its user agent was Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1).

How did someone or, more likely, some bot, find out about my link within 20 minutes of it being created? I don't know. My best guess is that maybe Andy has some spyware on his Windows computer.

I'd love to hear you thoughts on this. Tweet them to me @Adjix or via e-mail: MysteryClick@adjix.com