I don’t use Twitter much. Yeah, I know, I should since it’s suppose to be a really good source of marketing. Well, that’s not the “bad business part.” I’ll explain more in just a moment.
This problem really can be in any niche and any website. This problem is something I’ve pointed out to people for years and I guess no matter the years and no matter how much they know, they think everyone else doesn’t know.
Drum roll please…
Twitter Hints has a free signup that’s suppose to give you a free download of the “Twitter Report” which is suppose to teach you how to “uncover a fun and effective new marketing angle that savvy internet gurus are already keeping to themselves and hoping you never discover…”
After signup, you’re met with a OTO (one-time-offer) to receive all the videos for just $47. Not bad. And if you say no, you’re met with a back-up offer that’s $27. Pretty good deal. And if you still don’t get it, well… if you know enough HTML, view the source codes and see what the video file is, you can actually download all of their videos without paying a penny.
I’ve already contacted them and informed them of this problem. I am not pointing this out to exploit them, but to explain that this is something you want to watch out for in your own site if you are doing it as well.
What’s wrong is that their directories are not protected with a .htaccess. If you don’t have something like that in place, it can easily be prevented with just a blank “index.html” uploaded into each of those directories/folders. That would prevent people from seeing everything that’s in the directory just as shown in the image above.
I hope they’ve learned from this mistake and you prevent yourself from going through the same thing.