Use BackupURL To Save & Share A Website As You See It

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Have you ever sent a link to someone, but when they open it they do not see what you wanted them to see? The website could have been shut down due to a take-down notice, the webpage could have got hit by the Digg effect or the author could have changed the information themselves. Either way the person you sent to view something cannot see it.

So what do you do? Do you send a screen shot? Then they can’t see the whole page and follow links. Do you make a local copy of the website and publish it? That would be too time consuming.

I know, you want to know what you can use to easily make a backup of a website so it is available to any one you refer to it. Enter backupURL.

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backupURL allows you to add a URL to its search box like so:

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You hit the only button available that says Backup! and it does its thing. I chose a recent article I did on the Cornflicker worm.

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After feeding backupURL my URL I get two links back from it as follows:

Cached URL : [NO LONGER WORKS] http://backupurl.com/cache/aevdyr.html
Short Cached URL : [NO LONGER WORKS] http://backupurl.com/aevdyr

By following either of these links you will arrive at the cached page. It will be identical to your original content except it had the backupURL banner along the top of your screen,. You can see what I mean by looking at the picture below or following one of the links above.

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So now even if I was to change the content, remove the post or go offline you would still be able to read the story or forward it along to someone else. This is a great tool to use when reading about 0 day exploits or some sort of wonderful hack that you know will not make it through the day.

We have all been there and seen a cool project – but when you get back to it you see that it has been taken down.  Sometimes you can use the Google cache feature but sometimes even that does not help as the Google cache has been known to be cleared on more than one occasion as well.

Do you have another method for saving webpages as is and sharing them? Let us know in the comments.

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