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cloaking(1) Concealing. Hiding.
(2) Stopping a Wi-Fi access point from continuously announcing its presence. See SSID broadcast.
Aggressive marketers generate thousands of cloaked pages ("phantom pages") highly tuned for the search engines (see shadow domain).
Called "IP delivery," an advanced form of cloaking redirects Web queries based on their IP address. For example, an email harvesting program that queries the site to find people to spam should not be directed to the people page or to the cloaked spider page but to a special page without email addresses and links. See shadow domain, search engine optimization, spider and Web spam.