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Tips to Protect Your Downloads or Products
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    2003-08-09

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    Tips to Protect Your Downloads or Products
    by Radhika Venkata

    Tips to Protect Your Downloads or Products.

    Radhika Venkata (c) 2001 - 2003.


    1. Upload robots.txt file in to your root directory and include
    the folder name where you set your downloads.

    More information on how to set robots.tx:
    http://www.webmasters-central.com/wp/se/robotstxt.shtml

    2. Set the permission of the download folder to 711 OR upload
    an index file to that folder. This makes that folder
    web inaccessible.

    For example create a folder named 'test'. Usually by default it
    will be chmoded to 755 or 777. Put some files like test.htm,
    test1.htm.

    Now you type the URL of the folder - yourdomain.com/test/

    What will you see? You will see the folder /test with its files
    in it. Now upload an index file or chmod the folder to 711. Now
    access the URL. You will see index file or permission denied error.

    3. Name the download folders something like 'CDf54eS'. Not like
    'downloads' or 'products' etc.

    4. If your customer downloads your product once and don't need or
    don't have to access to your folder then you can set his access
    to expire for certain days.

    For this you need a cgi script that controls your members access
    based on days, ip address or number of accesses.
    http://www.scripts4webmasters.com/ipppro/index.html

    5. If you have a membership site and you need to stop password
    abuse or sharing you can use scripts like:
    http://www.scripts4webmasters.com/macpro.shtml
    http://www.monster-submit.com/sentry/

    6. Protect your download links: Like if you keep
    ...domain.com/downloads/product.zip, everybody knows the download
    URL. You can use cgi scripts that discloses the download path.
    http://www.cgi-scripting.com/downloader.shtml

    7. If you use If you are selling ebooks, you can use password
    protection to your ebooks. Once your ebook is protected, after
    your buyer downloads it, you can send it to him to open the
    ebook.

    Some ebook compilers with this password protection features:
    http://www.ebookeditpro.com/
    http://www.ebookcreator.com/


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