[Pro] simple password protected page available via google

hi guys

Wonder if you could help or advise a solution around this problem -

I have setup a password protected page on a customers webpage (simple password action) - I advised the customer at the time that it was not secure and not to put anything confidential etc…

A year has gone by and they have populated it with lot’s of fairly sensitive pdf files…!! The MD did a search tonight in google and most of the ‘sensitive’ pdf’s are all available on a google search!

Question 1: In this scenario is there a way I can stop these pdfs or pages being not searchable on google. ?

Question 2: Does anyone have any tips, recommendations to setup a proper secure page (which includes pdf’s) which cannot be viewable via google and is secure to the outside world?

Thanks
Steve


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There are some standard ways to tell search engines not to search a
subfolder… using robots.txt and .htaccess I think. Also best practices
would mean no links in or out of the subfolder.

Of course, this only applies to searching scripts which respect these
methods… passwording the subfolder at the server level should keep everyone
out who does not have permission.


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passwording the subfolder at the server level should keep everyone out who does not have permission.

And most hosting providers provide a feature in their cPanel (or equivalent) called Password Protect Directories (look under the Security section)

There you can set user/password combos and Google cant get in.

There is absolutely no inherent security with that password action.

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Another possible approach - if they are all PDFs - is to password protect the PDFs themselves. This is easy to do but might potentially diminish online viewing options, (not sure how this might/or might not work) but anyone with the right passwords could open them after downloading.


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many thanks for the advice :slight_smile:


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