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Smart Access Control with Apache

Mar 20, 2012, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shashank Sharma)

[ Thanks to Lee Schlesinger for this link. ]

"The Apache web server, which celebrated its seventeenth birthday in February, continues to dominate its peers in popularity. Given its vast array of features, and even greater list of add-in modules, it?s little wonder that Apache now boasts more than 60% of the HTTP server market share, according to the latest Netcraft report. If that includes your organization, you should learn about some of the most useful and effective modules you can use to restrict access to your Apache-powered website.

"No doubt the most commonly used access control method for Apache is the .htaccess file, which allows you to specify configuration options for specific directories. But it isn?t the only way, and it?s certainly not the most efficient. We?ll discuss a few modules here that you can use to better customize access restrictions for your site, so you can, for instance, deny access for three hours every Tuesday and Thursday, or deny access to everyone from a specific domain."

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