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Protect Your Website with BlockScript

  • Episode 250
  • July 3, 2012

Block unwanted website traffic from bad bots and open proxies using the powerful BlockScript program on your web server.

We received an email from Doug at Muskoka Roastery following Episode 250:
We are going to revise our forecast for the next quarter now to accommodate the certain run on Blueberry coffee that your endorsement will generate!

Seriously, we do appreciate your mention and your support for the Muskoka Roastery (yes it is a word).

All the best for continued success for your show.
This episode is sponsored in part by: Eco Alkalines, Garden Gate Farms and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Eric's busy schedule, contruction in Barrie, fireworks, dogs, and a happy Canada Day / 4th of July.
  • Send in your postcard to PO Box 29009, Barrie, Ontario Canada, L4N 7W7.
  • Hillary sent us a postcard from Cuba.
  • {play 10:09}Category5 is now officially available in mainland China, and the viewership is growing fast.
  • Viewer Testimonials
  • Reviewing the Viewer Location Map.
  • {play 15:48}Pouring a hot cup of blueberry coffee from Muskoka Roastery.
  • {play 18:14}Viewer Questions
  • Eric's promenade gig resulted in a split set.
  • Viewer Question: I installed the Zorin OS 6 RC several weeks ago and it works great. Now that the full version has come out, do I need to reinstall, or am I okay to just let it update through the Internet?
  • Eric's Question: A friend had to do a repair install on Windows XP and now none of their applications work. What can be done?
  • Viewer Question: Our company has developed a people counting system that distributes the information to user nodes through the Internet. Is it possible to simulate someone else's network using their IP addresses for testing?
  • Viewer Question: I followed the tutorial in Episode 230 to setup a headless VirtualBox setup, but I can't scale the display of my virtual machine. Did I miss a step?
  • Viewer Question: I've been asked to build a computer for a friend and have talked them into installing Linux for the cost savings. What brand of printer should I pick up for them? Which printer is the easiest to get working on Linux?
  • Viewer Question: Using the OpenPrinting Printer Database to find out which printer you should buy for your Linux computer (or to determine if your existing printer will work well on Linux).
  • Why it's generally cheaper to buy a printer which uses 4 ink cartridges as opposed to one that uses a color cartridge and a black cartridge (even though it might cost more to buy the printer itself).
  • Ecological considerations with regards to printer purchasing.
  • {play 39:21}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 43:42}Our thoughts are with those in Colorado Springs following the devastating fires this past week.
  • {play 44:15}Feature: Adding security to your web site using BlockScript.
  • Obtaining and installing a 7-day free trial of BlockScript.
  • BlockScript requires the IonCube Loader installed on your server (most shared servers will have this, and if not, it's easy to add).
  • Connecting to your web site using a free proxy service for testing. Using to start.
  • Uploading BlockScript code to your web server and accessing it for the first time (thereby activating your free trial).
  • Buying BlockScript. Save $25 by using the coupon code category5.
  • Integrating BlockScript into your PHP site using the provided integration code.
  • Setting options in BlockScript to prevent or allow access to your web site by open proxies, Tor, Bot Netblocks, Bot Useragents, Translation, Search Engine Bots, etc.
  • Now that BlockScript is active on your web site, test it using a proxy you haven't used before (since it may be cached). Robbie uses to test, and it is unable to load the site.
  • The cost of BlockScript is $174 (when using the category5 coupon) for your license (which includes protection for 1 domain) and you can add aditional domains to your license for only $20 each. These are lifetime licenses (eg., not a recurring/annual fee. Pay once.)
  • What Tor is and why you might want to block it.
  • Adding BlockScript to your web site using htaccess or a provided plugin for third party software (currently vBulletin, WHMCS, WordPress, MyBB or Drupal).
  • BlockScript has a cloud-like functionality that helps protect its network of users by utilizing centralized blacklist information.
  • Greetings to viewers who are joining in the chat room.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd


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