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Can websites see what names I download my files as?

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by OM2, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2007
    I have to make regular downloads from a website of sales reports.

    I save my files with specific long file names - this contains sensitive information.

    QUESTION: can the website I download from see what I save the file name as?
    Should I download and then rename?

  2. mh3330


    Dec 1, 2019
    Not knowing the website or specifics...

    If you are renaming the file from within the standard Save File dialog box, then no. The only person that can see that change is you. The actual rename occurs client-side after the packets have been transferred to your computer. If you are making a change to the file name on their server first, before the standard Save File dialog appears, then maybe.

    For example, if you have an account on their site which saves your file name information, and the renamed file remains visible the next time you visit the site (like OneDrive or DropBox save your file names). In this case, server-side scripts and databases will be involved and they could potentially obtain your file name information.
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  3. OM2

    OM2 Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2007
    @mh330 thanks for the reply. I read your reply before and didn't have a chance to say thanks.

    I don't like how we are traced like slaves. Where 'companies' can get EXACT details of who you are and what you are doing by simply piecing together different bits of information.

    Doesn't matter to other... but it did matter greatly to me to know if websites can know what names you save files as.
  4. AmyToo


    Sep 22, 2017
    First Name:
    Why not save the file as File123.extenstion and rename when you're offline?
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