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Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by ptwd, Feb 16, 2017.

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  1. ptwd

    ptwd Thread Starter

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    I have a client whose site focuses on a big yearly event. We want to offer promotional banners -- images that can essentially be hotlinked from others' websites and blogs so that they promote our event on their site.

    I think hotlinking/embedding the banner is better since the code can contain a hyperlink to our site. Also, many people who will be embedding our banners are probably not the most tech-savvy, so the simpler I can make it for them, the better.

    I'm wondering about the best way to go about this, especially concerning the security of my client's site, but also in terms of bandwidth-effectiveness and in a way that hopefully could fly under the radar of the ad-blockers.

    I guess the simplest way to do it is to have a straight HTML code with an a:link tag wrapped around an img tag pointing to the image file. Could doing it this way possibly leave the site vulnerable to hacking in any way? If so, how would that work, and what's the best way to guard against that?

    Also: would it be best to put the banner images in a directory that is outside the directory tree of the site? (If it matters, this is a Wordpress site.) For example, in public_ftp?

    I've asked my client's webhost about this but found them utterly useless. I'm really hoping someone here can help me with this. Any suggestions or advice about the best way to do this would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. JiminSA

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    No security threat as far as this website security company is concerned - https://isc.sans.edu/linkback.html, who declare the following:
     
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  4. JiminSA

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    By all means do so, but I don't think it's necessary;)
     
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  5. ptwd

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    Thanks very much for your reply, JiminSA. I'm not familiar with the ISC. Have they updated their watchlist of potential problems since 2001?? ;-)
     
  6. ptwd

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    Apologies for my glib comment above, but I'm genuinely wondering how up to date their techniques might be. If a simple HTML tag is sufficient, I'm wondering why some sites seem to put fancier Javascript together for the same purpose.
     
  7. dvk01

    dvk01 Derek Moderator Malware Specialist

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    simple html tags is the safest & easiest way
    those sites that use javascript are either trying to hide locations or using some sort of tracking
     
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  8. ptwd

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    Ah, okay. Thanks Derek. And thanks again to JiminSA. :)
     
  9. JiminSA

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    Pleasure!
    I wasn't promoting ISC - I simply wanted to show you the fact that they were promoting web links and how they were doing it;)
    In terms of site security, I have used ZB BLOCK on several sites and found them sufficient and up to date.
     
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