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  • Hello…

    I just found out that my wordpress blog can be downloaded in its entirety with wget. Could someone provide help to prevent this from happening?

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Not sure why this is a problem but hey, to each their own.

    This is not really worth doing at all since wget can change the User-Agent string with a simple command line argument.

    If you are using Apache then in your blog root add to the end of your .htaccess file the lines

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^wget
    RewriteRule .* - [F]
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^Wget
    RewriteRule .* - [F]

    Which will stop the casual wget user with a 403 Forbiden code.

    Hey thanks,
    The reason why I would like to do this is because I will try to stream videos and my bandwidth would be hosed if people tried to download it with wget. On a similar note what would be the best method to store multimedia files so that people could not download the whole directory?

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