help a total n00b v.webhost security

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  1. gubment cheese

    gubment cheese New Member

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    I just signed up for webhosting with dreamhost.com, and am only using it for storing files and such. For example, I use it to host my profile song (embedded into) my myspace page. I'd like to make it so that the hotlinking(?) is still available, but if a random person goes to my domain name, they won't be able to just browse through my folder and see everything else that I've uploaded.

    I really am new to online storage, so any help/tips would be appreciated.

    TIA OT!
     
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    gubment cheese New Member

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    i was thinking of maybe making a public folder and a private folder, but I still don't know how to add the security :wtc:
     
  3. MrBrotato

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    If I am understanding you correctly, you don't want people to be able to type in the URL to the folder containing your files and be able to browse through them?

    Simply put an index.html file in there that is just blank, then they will get a white screen.
     
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    gubment cheese New Member

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    ok, that's a start.

    http://ngazswole.com/ is now just a blank screen.

    i was thinking of requiring a password to get in, but this way they have to know the actual name of the directory...cool.

    thanks!
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    You could do both, and you probably should. There's nothing stopping a web spider from sitting there and trying every possible combination of folder names until it discovers the names of the folders you have created.
     
  6. CyberBullets

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    robots.txt ftw. Deny-all ftw
     
  7. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Okay, now try using sentences -- preferably ones that are complete, make sense, and have something to do with the topic.
     
  8. piratepenguin

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    robots.txt
    deny


    that right there should be sufficient for anyone to understand, and they're good suggestions.
     
  9. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    :noes: I guess you don't understand what robots.txt do. They are what tell spiders what to exclude when doing their search.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots.txt for more information.
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    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /
    
    This would keep all robots out from indexing the site, thus if the spider/robot used any rule set (like google does) it would prevent it.
     
  10. MrBrotato

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    If you password protect the directory containing your images/music/etc that is displayed on other websites, they will not work, because they don't have the username/password. FYI, i did that once and then when visiting a forum where my avatar was noticed every thread I had posted in popped up a login screen and everyone was pissed off at me LOL.
     
  11. Nefarious77

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    the blank index page is all you can do if you are linking files out of a folder. Any type of password protection would apply to all the files in the folder. The robot.txt is a good addition too.
    Here is a robot.txt generator http://www.1-hit.com/all-in-one/tool-robots.txt-generator.htm

    If you want to have a private folder just for personal storage that won't get linked anywhere, setup an .htaccess file in the folder and a .htpasswd file in the root directory. Here is a simple tutorial and encryption tool that works very well. http://www.4webhelp.net/us/password.php

    - Webhost Support level 1-2 Admin
     
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    I guess dues has no clue about webhosting :mamoru:
     
  13. gubment cheese

    gubment cheese New Member

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    yeah i was wondering about that.
     
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    gubment cheese New Member

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    Thanks Nefarious...this is what I was looking for.

    jollyogre...yeah, I'm pretty much clueless when it come to dat dere computer.
     
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    I think by "dues" he meant deusexaethera ;)
     
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