Category Archives: Website Design

Disable Directory Browsing To Increase Security In WordPress

This article came through my email box recently. It’s from the informative website, tutzone.org.  I just couldn’t resist entering it here since I’ve not only actioned this advice myself for my blogs, but plan to use it on my clients’ sites as well. Thank you, tutzone, for another useful, recommended article.

When my blog was hacked, I realized that my directories were accessible to anyone, even bots, which is really a big loophole for security. As then the other person trying to hack in to your blog knows which plugins or what important files you have kept safe in your directories.

To avoid anyone access your installation folders or reveal loophole in security this simple hack comes in handy.

Note:  Do take backup of your .htaccess(hypertext access) file.

01.   Search for a file named .htaccess(hypertext access) in the webroot of your server (FTP) and can be easily edited using any text editor (like Notepad). Open it and add below code in it:

Options All -Indexes

02.   Save and you are done.


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Enhanced Browsing Speed Tweak

It is possible to tweak your Microsoft Windows operating system’s settings so that your Internet connection and your browser can be optimized giving an enhanced browsing speed.

Please note that any changes you make are directly associated with the registry settings; I therefore recommend that you do this in one uninterrupted sitting, possibly either making notes or taking screenshots at intervals if necessary.

1.     Click on START menu (bottom left-hand corner of screen).
2.     Click on RUN, and then type in “gpedit.msc”.  Click on ENTER.
3.     Click on ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES under COMPUTER CONFIGURATION.
4.     Click on NETWORK under ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES.
5.     Click on QOS PACKET SCHEDULERS under NETWORK.

Look at LIMIT RESERVABLE BANDWIDTH in the right-hand column. Under the STATE column (on the same row as and to the right of LIMIT  RESERVABLE BANDWIDTH) you should find the entry NOT CONFIGURED. This means that Windows operating system is still using the default settings, i.e. keeping 20% of the total bandwidth available for itself.

6.     Double-click on LIMIT RESERVABLE BANDWIDTH. In the window that opens up,  check the ENABLED option and reduce the percentage selector drop-down box to 0%.
7.     Click on APPLY to keep the newly tweaked settings.
8.     Click on OK.

Restart your computer; once you log in you should experience an enhanced browsing speed.

Bear in mind that this is only one tweak of many to enhance the Windows operating system, in this particular case it works on maximising your existing browsing speed.  Note that it doesn’t do magic and make the Mozilla Firefox browser any faster! 😉


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