Security

  • Concerning Spam » Updated February 9, 2007. Originally posted in 2004 and updated several times since. Spammers have discovered bloggers and sooner or later if you allow comments or trackback pings on your weblog you will get spammed. Types of Blog Spam Blog spam appears in many flavors: Basic comment spam. The spammer...
  • Trackback Spam » Trackback spammers have recently been flooding blogs with spam, often with hundreds per day. Although MT's Spam Lookup plugin junks most of the spam, the flood of trackbacks can put a strain on server resources. To take a look at the amount of trackback spam you may be getting, click...
  • Comment Spam Alert » Have you noticed the recent uptick in the comment spam levels aimed at Movable Type blogs? We have. Jay Allen notes the problem and has some suggestions for how to tackle it on his blog. For those of you using Movable Type, you may have noticed quite a uptick in...
  • Making the Most of SpamLookup » This tutorial is written by LMT contributor Neil Turner and is cross-posted on Neil's World. Since upgrading to Movable Type 3.2 I’ve dumped Jay Allen’s MT-Blacklist and instead made SpamLookup handle comment/trackback spam on its own. The plugin is included by default on MT 3.2, and while it can do...
  • CGIWrap and suEXEC » Co-authored by Elise Bauer and Arvind Satyanarayan. Tutorial cross posted on Movalog and Learning Movable Type The installation instructions in the Movable Type Install Guide contain a section in the Configuration area called Enable Security Features. These instructions tell you to uncomment the Umask lines in your mt.cfg if your...
  • Password Protecting Your Blog with .htaccess » One way to set up a private, password-protected weblog is by adding a .htaccess file to the directory in which the weblog resides. htaccess files can give you extra control over your server, allowing you to password protect directories, enable server side includes, generate custom error messages, and block users...
  • Backing Up Your Blog » Occassionally databases get corrupted, servers fail or web hosts go out of business. So it's a good idea to back up your Movable Type blogs. There are many methods for doing so, a few of which I will cover here. The back-up process is much easier if you are using...