Can someone help me understand what these ""click.e." links from Trip Advisor are... i.e. http://click.e.tripadvisor.com/ - Why would they use them?
You can set up a system of file folders on your computer, so that one folder is just for pictures -- let's call it "My Pictures" -- and another folder is just for documents (call it "My documents"). You can set up folders within folders,so that "My Pictures" has a folder just for baby pictures ("Babies") and another just for landscapes ("Scenics").
Similarly, websites can set up subdomains, for organizational reasons. The best known example of this is Google, which has google.com, maps.google.com, and translate.google.com. Click.e.tripadvisor.com is a subdomain which Tripadvisor has long used to handle links sent by them in emails.
It's important to understand about subdomains because phishers often use them in emails to try to fool you into clicking on an unsafe link. There is a world of difference between www.bankofamerica.com and www.bankofamerica.shadywebsite.com .
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