How to hide your source code

  • JrzyCrim
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Post 3+ Months Ago

i know how you guys feel about this topic but I think you'll get a kick out of this.

http://www.vortex-webdesign.com/help/hidesource.htm
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"This page cannot be displayed"

Well, I didn't get his source :lol:
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lol. He must have followed his own advice. Don't post your pages. :) I swear I tested the link right after I posted it. figures...

Here's the gist of it:

Code: [ Select ]
  1. Use the <INVISIBLE> </INVISIBLE> tags around the entire document.
  2. Use the DONTSTEAL attribute in the <BODY> tag.
  3. Ftp to your server, select all files and directories, hit "Delete".
  4. Put every existing copy of every file on floppies, place them in a shoebox and bury them in the backyard. There is another version of this method which involves placing the floppies in a plastic bag and hiding them in a different sort of hole. Both are equally effective.
  5. Password protect your entire site and make sure no one has the password, not even you.
  6. Employ a small but fanatically loyal and well-armed band of mercenaries to guard your site.
  7. Start>Run>format C:\
  8. Attack dogs, preferably rabid.
  9. Use any version of Microsoft Frontpage to create your site. (This won't prevent people from viewing your source, but no one will want to steal it.)
 10. Don't put your pages on the web.
  1.   1. Use the <INVISIBLE> </INVISIBLE> tags around the entire document.
  2.   2. Use the DONTSTEAL attribute in the <BODY> tag.
  3.   3. Ftp to your server, select all files and directories, hit "Delete".
  4.   4. Put every existing copy of every file on floppies, place them in a shoebox and bury them in the backyard. There is another version of this method which involves placing the floppies in a plastic bag and hiding them in a different sort of hole. Both are equally effective.
  5.   5. Password protect your entire site and make sure no one has the password, not even you.
  6.   6. Employ a small but fanatically loyal and well-armed band of mercenaries to guard your site.
  7.   7. Start>Run>format C:\
  8.   8. Attack dogs, preferably rabid.
  9.   9. Use any version of Microsoft Frontpage to create your site. (This won't prevent people from viewing your source, but no one will want to steal it.)
  10.  10. Don't put your pages on the web.
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hehehehe, I like it :)
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lol, yup, I've seen that before :0
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I hadn't seen it. Pretty good one - I'll tell you though when I saw the topic, I just wanted to scream -- like -"Oh, no here we go again!" *lol

Bet UNFLUX does the exact same thing.
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i was also like that. i remeber the old post. looks into archives
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whatlikesit12345 wrote:
i was also like that. i remeber the old post. looks into archives


Oh, please leave them buried where they belong!
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ATNO/TW wrote:
I hadn't seen it. Pretty good one - I'll tell you though when I saw the topic, I just wanted to scream -- like -"Oh, no here we go again!" *lol

Bet UNFLUX does the exact same thing.


:lol: I admit I had that in mind when I posted it. I thought it'd be okay considering the content. I figure you guys could refer people to that page when they ask about hiding code.

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It would be great if the link worked. Unfortunately, like AXE it 404'd on me too...even the main site.
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The link works fine for me. Good stuff. :thumbsup:
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Cool -- must've just been a server down -- got it now too.

//reading "the rest of the story"...good stuff.
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Axe wrote:
"This page cannot be displayed"

Well, I didn't get his source :lol:


lmaoooooooo axe.. :D
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yeah, you gotta love #9
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hahah yeah #9 is best

just thinking about it this could be the best strategy yet, just camoflage your code in as much frontpage tags as you possibly can and no one would even try ;-)
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That was awesome! Thanks for the link!
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Other pointers (very enjoyable):
http://www.vortex-webdesign.com/help/dontdoit.htm
http://www.vortex-webdesign.com/help/tenmore.htm

I like this guy. He's intelligent and has a sense of humor!
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okay, I would still like to scramble my source code, so that the average joe, or someone that is too lazy to make their own won't steal my code, obviously someone with bigwebs capabilities can get the code automatically, but someone with his capabilities should be able to come up with his own code and not have any use for mine. As would anyone else that would have the know how to descramble it that quickly, at they point they can have the it, they want that bad, take it. but it is like locks on your house, someone wants to break in, your front door lock or your window lock isn't gonna stop them. "Locks on doors only keep an honest man honest" as the old saying goes, some one wants in bad enough, they're gonna get in.

So, with all that babbling and rambling on out of the way, how would i scramble my source code, with out spending any money on some GUI that is supposed to make my life easier, but just makes some dickhead richer?
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It's a waste of time, for I few reasons I have just thought up (in addition to the ones you will find on the links gsv2com posted):

It will probably double your filesize, slowing down download time and also slowing display time (the browser has to sort through all the crap) for your audience.

Every time you make an alteration to a page you will have to work with the original (as the "encrypted" version is a pain in the arse to work with) and then reencrypt after to hide the source.

It's an absolute waste of time. Your source code probably isn't worth hiding. I doubt you have done anything truely spectacular that most people havn't already seen before (forgive me if I'm wrong) and it's more hassle than it is worth.

I do my annotations in php - so the end user can't see my notes. That is the extent of source code hiding that I feel is worthwhile (the only reason I do that is that my notes are somewhat unproffessional :))

Saying that the following method should help you on your way:

navigate to http://www.google.com (or a country-specific version if you wish)
type '"hiding source code" html website' and follow some links.:wink:
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The only reason I'd ever want to hide my source code is if I was forced into writing horrible code for a client. No source code is worth stealing. Reading source is a good way to learn, so by NOT hiding, you stand a chance of actually contributing to some less-experienced designer's learning curve (if your code is any good at all).

As rtm said and most others have agreed, this will turn out to be nothing more than a huge waste of time for you.

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