Thursday, February 21, 2013

Head Scratching

Sometimes you see something that you have to scratch your head at.

As most web designers know, you should never allow the contents of your server directories to be listed.  Bell Canada has exposed a number of their servers to Google's indexing spider, and a similar thing has been done by Yellow Pages.

Take this example customer of Yellow Pages, for instance:

Now, that customer of Yellow Pages likely paid YPG to create it.  Both the customer and YPG would probably not want someone coming along and grabbing the site source code for free, right?  If that's the case, then why is a copy of that website placed at Yellow Pages' WSS (Web Site Solutions) division, which then left the same stable door open?

That same website (and many many others) are all available to be downloaded in source form from here, which is also at Yellow Pages. 

This common sense oversight just doesn't make sense.