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Old 08-23-02, 03:22 PM
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Securing info on a webpage?

I'm a beginner in web design. Very soon I will leave on a long cross country trek and wanted to have important information (contact list as well as scans of important documents such as Driver's License, etc) available on my website. Is there a secure way to store such info on my site? I code HTML by hand and am slowly getting into CSS, but I don't know Java, php, or any programming languages.

On a related note, sometimes I'll follow a link to a random page on a small site(usually a geocities homepage) and I'll try viewing the root user page. For example if the page is www.geocities.com/hariseldon/dvdtalk.html and I just type www.geocities.com/hariseldon if this person does not have a index.html file it will sometimes show a FTPlike interface of directorys on that account. It seems like a silly thing to do, leaving your page exposed like that, and I wonder if there are any other ways of those directories being open to someone via a HTML browser.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-23-02, 03:35 PM
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There's a couple ways to secure data. One way is with an .htaccess file (try accessing: http://www.movielocity.com/priv ) and another way is to just make the URL something only you would know. For example:

htttp://www.movielocity.com/redbeard/poodles/insane/scotch/myfile.htm

If you put an index.htm file in every directory (redbeard, poodles, insane and scotch), only you would be able to access that file.

As for the FTP like interface of directories, just place an index.htm (or index.html, index.shtml, index.php, etc.) file there and you won't be able to see the structure. I intentionally leave http://wildstorm.dns2go.com/dvdtalk/ open to the public, but you can't see the directory structure of http://wildstorm.dns2go.com/ because I want to keep that private.

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Old 08-23-02, 03:48 PM
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Blake,

Thanks for the info, that was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
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