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Bots, Hackers & Copyrights (12 posts)

  1. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Let me start out by letting everyone now that I'm a former Nuke user. It's a great program, however if one doesn't have the time to sit and "guard" it, bad things can happen. I cut the cord on my site after it was hammered 200 times by numerous porn sites within 48 hours. All the known tricks didn't help.... >:-/
    Part of the problem is a group of hackers from Brazil & Russia take great pride in doing Google searches and hacking peoples sites. While usually they do not do much damage other than taking liberty of adding themselves to the "God" user list and leaving messages such as "I got your password" with some graffiti likes signature attached.
    Since most do not want to pay the hefty $300.00 fee to remove the copyrights and links to Nuke in their meta tags, it was discovered that by scrambling the text, and including a image seems to have helped this "bot/hacker" problem.
    Personally I don't like bots, but they are just an annoying part of the net that we all need to deal with. Are there ways to keep them from being less invasive? I don't care about hit numbers as they mean nothing to me. My site is nothing more than a way for friends and family to know what I've been up to if they shouldn't hear from me as much as they'd like.
    And can the copyrights that is written into WordPress be altered? Either by scrambling/encrypting the code and or by adding a image? Images can be caught by spiders, but I can deal with that.
    If I had my way, my site would be virtually invisible, however the only way for that to physically happen would be to only have a site in my mind, so I'm willing to compromise.
    Thoughts on these issues would be greatly appreciated.

  2. clay
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    You could password protect your site using a .htaccess file.
    Post the login information on the 'gateway' page so that a real human can access the site but bots will just go away.
    Or forgo posting the login at all and only people you give the login can view the site.

  3. clay
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Also: for general information on turning away bots go to http://www.robotstxt.org

  4. chuyskywalker
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    In addition, I believe that because of the license behind WP, you can change all of the references to "WordPress" to "SequenceOfSoundsMachine" as long as the source code is still available for free, etc, etc, etc.
    Someone more famliar with the licensing could clear that up, but if you are that worried about bots it would be a good way to go. In addition, you could change all the wp-*.php files to wpss-*.php files and just make sure to alter all the source code appropriately.
    Thinking about it now though, the "Must register to view this site" would be a better option requireing less work :D

  5. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    SequenceOfSoundsMachine-- LOL I like that. Remind me to give you credit should I use it at some point.
    Odds are I'm just coming off as being excessively paranoid, but the bitterness of having to abandon ship because there was nothing else I could do hasn't wore off yet.
    Anyway, thanks for the input. =)

  6. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Just a thought - can bots get past password-protected areas of a site ? (.htaccess / .htpasswd)

  7. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I don't see how a bot could enter a password- unless it was specifically programmed to do so or had a human operator watching it.
    I don't see why they would go through that much trouble- except for a porn site.

  8. clay
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    last reply was me

  9. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Could be interesting if you really dislike bots
    http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum88/3104.htm
    And cheers Clay :)

  10. Anonymous
    Unregistered
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks for the link, but it's a pay for access site. Something of which I'm not willing to do.

  11. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Is it ?? I wandered over many of their forum pages without a problem, and I've paid nothing ?

  12. clay
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I have a spider trap set up on my site. It is a short script linked to a 1px gif at the top of my blog. Any stupid spider that follows the link gets it's IP banned. I think that link is whereI got it from months ago- webmaster world is definitely an informative place!

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