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Separating web domain from email domain - sound security strategy?

A friend's website was recently hacked. (An outsourced project manager wasn't diligent in applying Wordpress security updates.) An unfortunate effect of the hacking is that ISP's are now flagging ...
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How to disable .htaccess file using JavaScript?

By the way, the .htaccess was already enabled to my main directory. Is there any way to disable it using JavaScript? to my client-side? I was just curious about how my files are being secured. Thanks ...
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allow users to post url schems that not http/https?

i have a blog comment section where users write their website and a comment about it and it is shown like this <a href="https://example.com">Website</a> <br> <span>my website ...
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how to get rid of mailicious redirect

I'm in charge of a Wordpress site (currently offline) that's affected by a malicious redirect, i.e. going to that address redirects to a phishing site (curiously though it only happens when getting ...
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Let spambots “successfully” submit form?

I'm about to set up my html forms so spam bots are being caught and rejected. I wonder.. Let's say a spambot submits the form in a way that is not accepted. Should I then let the page with the form ...
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Can I see a history of site index from Bing?

I'm at a small internet company that has several apps. Our customers (all businesses) each have their own app-name/customer-name url. Currently, if you request a page preview from Bing's link preview ...
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Is it safe if I use the same Google Recaptcha site key and secret key on 2 different servers?

I have 2 servers, staging server and production server. Server staging is used for testing my website. While the production server is for live website Now I use the same site key and secret key for ...
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What are some things that Webmasters should be preparing for or doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

This is a community wiki intended for our users to be able to share ideas as to what might be helpful to Webmasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of you are aware, there's been a shift all ...
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Site reported as blacklisted by Norton Safe Web, with no reason given. How to resolve?

A WordPress website that I monitor using ManageWP (by running a daily security report) has been reported as blacklisted by Norton. I visited the Norton website to investigate the reason (creating an ...
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NGINX configuration for the same folder protection rewrites in each of thousands of subdirectories

The following code allows me to protect a specific folder with the membership software we're using. The problem is if we have 1,000 folders we need to protect, we need to copy/paste this same code for ...
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New hostile web crawler from China throttling server

My server has been crashes several times the last 24 hours by a new extremely aggressive hostile distributed web crawler. It is hitting over 1000 pages per minute and seems to be crawling all content ...
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How to stop the IP of the server from redirecting to the domain if accessed directly?

So there is a site, that is behind Cloudflare so the IP is protected, but in addition to that, I want to make it so that if you have the IP and type it in the browser, it will not disclose the domain ...
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Why is G Suite passing DMARC when alignment fails?

I have a G Suite account with a primary and secondary domains. I have successfully setup DMARC for my primary domain. Now I am trying to setup DMARC for my secondary domain. SPF is setup for my ...
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Does the presence of a flash banner on a site inherently create a vulnerability on the site?

Does the presence of a flash banner inherently open the site up to exploits, or is there a way to ensure the flash banner does not have "access" to anything important on the page. The page in ...
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What does this code do? [closed]

I've been looking at ways to make websites more secure and in particular WordPress site and found a blog post with a few suggestions. Most of them I was already using but found this one with no ...
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Changing name when a domain holder is a citizen of one country; possible problems

I am a citizen of Israel and I desire to generally cut all ties with it besides generally with family, friends and job. Currently I live in another state as a temporary resident. I consider changing ...
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Would two factor authentication on my web hosting account protect against email phishing targeting my site?

I was recently attacked on my Bluehost account after clicking on an email that looked like it was from Bluehost (never going to click on another Bluehost email again). While talking to the support ...
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Block/allow access to certain PHP pages

I have a number of PHP scripts that are meant to be included into other PHP scripts, but otherwise should not be directly accessible to anyone via a Web browser. How do I block people from accessing ...
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Is it safe to BAN ASN from Hosting providers?

I have some bot problem, i found their ASN and it comes from web hosting providers. Not ISP's. For example: Hetzner: AS24940 Digital Ocean: AS14061 AMAZON-AES: AS14618 Is it safe to ban entire ASN's ...
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Delete Firefox JavaScript console history?

How do I the clear the command history of Firefox's JavaScript console? Clearing all history, cookies, cache, etc., doesn't clear the JavaScript console history.
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Standard or common way to secure a destination-email-address of a client-side contact-form

I have a website with a minimal, client-side HTML-CSS-JavaScript contact form but I desire to hide the destination email address of that form from the HTML source code so that form users would not be ...
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Why are 300+ Huawei bots crawling my forum?

Since a few days ago, I've seen a huge increase in traffic to my forum by guest users, all use the same ip range which traces back to china, Huawei to be more specific. Is there any indication why ...
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Impersonation in web contact forms [closed]

Many websites have contact us form usually requiring sender's name and email address. Now assume someone uses the contact form but fills in an email address (a valid address) which does not belong to ...
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few questions about running image hosting website [closed]

I'm about to launch a new image hosting website, nevertheless, few questions are still on my mind and i would love to know your take on them. Q1- how do i prevent users from uploading pornographic ...
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Unusual Web Traffic Submitting Extremely Long URLs

thanks in advance for the help. This isn't my usual job, but our website admin/full stack developer is on leave and my boss has asked me to look into it. Recently we've had a huge spike (talking tens ...
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Researching .htaccess Syntax

In my template .htaccess file I have been copying and pasteing alot of rules and researching .htaccess for around 2 weeks in an attempt to try and better understand the syntax, different modules & ...
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How to resolve a verified property not appearing in the security issues property dropdown?

I have several verified properties across Google Search Console / Google Analytics. Unfortunately, I've recently taken on a client that has been red flagged by Google as a Phishing site (which they ...
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Secure way to share unfinished web-page with a customer?

What are the options to share unfinished web-page with a customer without allowing third-party to see the work in progress when developer has control over the web-server? I could come up with ...
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Will adding a random letter to the end of the URL prevent content from being scraped and stolen while allowing SEO?

I have built a website which is a directory of venues / places in a country and client has asked me to make URLs more SEO friendly. There has been some misunderstanding in communication and I have ...
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Do browser developer tools expose your PHP code?

Browser "development tools" are a great way to learn from others, but are they a security risk? I'm working on a project using PHP. My understanding is that PHP code is hidden. So, someone calling for ...
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Can I restrict access to certain areas of my site using the user's access to restricted areas of another site?

I'd like to restrict access to certain areas of my site (site X) based on whether or not the user has access to certain restricted areas of another site (site Y), which is not under my control. To be ...
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Best way to handle email address for use with domain registration?

I have registered a domain that I use exclusively for email. In addition to my main email address (foo@example.com), I have companyA@example.com, companyB@example.com, justforfriends@example.com, etc....
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rel=“noreferrer noopener” in target=“_blank” external links

In numerous sites I have been reading, they say that you must use rel="noreferrer noopener" when using target="_blank" within external links. I can understand why you should use noopener as a ...
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Wordpress targeted by attacker, how to install in that situation?

I have my wordpress installed in my purchased hosting company. I see from my security plugin that the attacker changes IP and installs malware such as WP-vcd, and changing the themes such as wordpress ...
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Is using SiteGround CPanel over http secure?

I have a website hosted on SiteGround. Their CPanel can be served via http or https ( http://cpanel.us261.siteground.us/login/ ). In my case it is not working via https; the support says it's because ...
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Invalid traffic coming from Sogou

I have not indexed my website in Sogou. I have only very less visitors. But i am getting traffic from Sogou daily. The search keyword is "site:mywebsitename" and is from China. Just visiting main page....
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Firebase and Godaddy: Hosting redirection to www doesn't work for https

I have a website whose domain name is example.com from GoDaddy and my SSL certificate and hosting is on firebase. Currently www.example.com forwards properly to https://www.example.com but https://...
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Is it insecure to have your Google Analytics tag visible publicly?

I just started adding Google Analytics to my GitHub Pages site, which calls for putting it in the _config.yml file. Is it insecure to keep the _config.yml file in my public GitHub repository, or is it ...
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What is page hijacking?

I tried to read here, for example, but I misunderstand what is Page Hijacking. I saw we don't have a session on this. What is page hijacking?
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Alexa-rank complaining about insecure generator meta-tag

The Alexa-rank auditing tool is complaining about a generator meta-tag that is according to the HTML5 standard: <meta name="generator" content="Company Name"> The Alexa Site Audit Report ...
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Best resources for learning how to prevent malicious usage? [closed]

I'd like to work on creating a public website, but I'm concerned about the potential for it to be the target of some attack. I'm aware of some of the more common attacks like XSS, query injection, ...
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How can I ban mediawiki logins from IPs that persistently fail?

I have a MediaWiki website and someone is trying to login as my WikiSysop user by guessing lots of passwords. What can I do to ban IPs if they exceed a threshold of failed login attempts? (Okay, no-...
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Block any other domains from using my server

Someone has set their domain to use my server. It's not a mirror, the database and everything works and updates with mine. He's basically stealing my content, and he's showing up on google instead of ...
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Unable to find cause why Joomla website blacklisted by Google (Deceptive site ahead)

We developed a new website for our company. The old website work on Joomla 2.5, for example https://www.company.com. Page www.company.com/administrator closed by password via .htaccess The new ...
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How do I get my website unblocked in Pakistan?

TL;DR: My website is blocked in Pakistan, how do I get it unblocked? I've had reports that my website QuranX.com is inaccessible from Pakistan. I've had a number of people confirm this. It seems ...
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Are Google API Key Application Restrictions Secure?

I believe an IP address or HTTP referrer can be spoofed, so can I trust that IP address or HTTP referrer application restrictions (configured via the Google API console) will prevent unauthorised ...
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Hourly connections to my WordPress site via XMLRPC block my IP on BlueHost because they see many email logins

I currently own a WordPress site in a hosting (BlueHost). On the other hand, I have an application in our offices in .Net. This application, updates WordPress via XMLRPC every 1 hour. The problem is ...
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Can many single page hits from a variety user agents from the same VPN with the same screen resolution be hurting my search rankings?

I am trying to clarify what is happening with the traffic on my site. Lately I am being flooded with many strange hits, mostly from US and they seem to only open 1 page or visit for few seconds. The ...
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Is it safe to use JavaScript to insert GoDaddy site seal <script> into an HTML page?

The site seal provided by GoDaddy uses HTML code like: <span id="siteseal"><script async type="text/javascript" src="https://seal.godaddy.com/getSeal?sealID=...
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Does cPanel pass along security updates from installed software (Mediawiki, WordPress, etc) in a timely manner?

I have an account with a bare-bones cPanel based web-host and I'd like to run a CMS from this account. (MediaWiki or WordPress. I've not decided yet. I hope that doesn't matter for this question.) ...

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