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Solved Forum security - bots

Post by lisa1302 on February 9th 2011, 2:25 am

Hello

I panicked today because I saw on my admin panel that a guest was viewing a forum which I know isn't visible to guests, and is only open to people with group membership (its baby pictures!)

When I went in the forum it said there was a Bing bot in there

How can this happen - I don't understand why a bot would be allowed into a restricted forum - is it indexing the content?!

Does that mean that all the restricted forums are searched and indexed and the content can be found on search engines, even if the actual forum cant be entered by whoever searches?


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Solved Re: Forum security - bots

Post by Social_King on February 9th 2011, 2:34 am

Don't worry the Forum Bots are not real people just simple computer programs that check forums. Don't worry your forum should still be protected. Smile

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Post by Harperboy326 on February 9th 2011, 2:37 am

To clarify what Flame Hawk said:

Bots are search crawlers that wonder around the Internet looking for sites that updated their site. When you update your site, you also change meta tags. The crawlers notice this and they crawl on your forum and look for the change and note it. So, like the Google bot, they look for your site then index it on the search query. Same for the Yahoo! bot or the Bing bot. No worries are needed.

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Post by Social_King on February 9th 2011, 2:44 am

Thanks for clarifying that. Didn't know how to explain it. Smile

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Solved Re: Forum security - bots

Post by MrMario on February 9th 2011, 4:57 am

Bots see what guest see. So don't worry.

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Solved Re: Forum security - bots

Post by lisa1302 on February 9th 2011, 11:11 pm

I thought that they saw what guests saw too, but I still don't get why it was in a forum guests cant go.

Anyway I'll trust you guys who clearly know what you are on about!

Thanks

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Solved Re: Forum security - bots

Post by Sanket on February 10th 2011, 6:08 am

Since this thread is marked solved, I will lock this thread.


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