If you sell downloadable products (via ClickBank, PayPal, etc.), you need to be sure that no-one can access those products unless they've paid for them. It's no secret that there are many people out there who will try to get to your download pages without paying for your product or, worse again, will make your download links available for free to others.
So what can you do to prevent this from happening?
Here are a few tips that won't provide 100% protection, but will ensure that majority of users will not be able to easily access and steal your products.
1. NAMING YOUR DOWNLOAD PAGE
If you name your download page something like 'thankyou.html' or 'download.html' then it's a pretty simple process for average hacker to locate your page and download your product. Give your download pages a complicated name that is neither easy to guess, easy to remember nor easy to recognize.
2. CREATE 'NESTED' DIRECTORIES
In keeping with point number 1, this is just a question of making it more difficult for average hacker to find your download pages.
Let's say you're selling an ebook called "How to Make Your Hamster Happy". Now, let's say you're selling it at this URL: http://www.yourdomainname.com/happyhamster.
In this example, your sales page is contained in directory called 'happyhamster'.
Now, rather than store your download page in this same directory, you can make life more difficult for hacker by creating sub-directories (or 'nested' directories) for your download page.
Just create a sub-directory inside 'happyhamster' called, for example, 'srB45n' and another directory inside that one called 'trd12s' (or whatever) and then place your download page inside this directory. In this scenario, your download page would be contained at this, more hidden, address: http://www.yourdomainname.com/happyhamster/srB45n rd12s
Another approach is to place your download page directory in a separate place altogether on your server - thus making it even more difficult for a hacker to track it down.
3. CREATE AN INDEX.HTM PAGE FOR EVERY FOLDER
If you don't have a page called 'index.htm' in directory that contains your download page, then your host server will display a page listing contents of that directory.
Here's an example of a directory that doesn't have an 'index.htm' page: http://bizzydays.com/example. As you can see, contents of directory are there for all to see (and download).
Your 'index' page can be a regular page from your site or you can make it re-direct visitor somewhere else. You can see this idea in action by visiting http://bizzydays.com/free. As you can see, when you try to access that directory, you're immediately re-directed to BizzyDays.com home page.
To create your own re-direct page, simply paste following HTML code into Windows Notepad (or your web-editing software) and save it as 'index.htm' or 'index.html'. Now upload it to folder you wish to protect.
<.html> <.head> <.meta HTTP-EQUIV="refresh" content="0;URL=FULL_ADDRESS _HERE"> <.meta name="robots" content="noindex"> <.title> <./head> <.body> <./body> <./html>