Internet Tip: “username@” portion of a URL…

Internet Tips fans,

This is the 3rd in a series of tips on how to do tricky things with URLs.

You can specify a username as part of a URL, but that’s almost always a bad idea. There are better ways to accomplish the same effect. See:
- http://bristle.com/Tips/Internet.htm#url_syntax_username_password

You may also enjoy the notes about how to sniff out usernames and other sensitive info via the “ps” command, from server logs, history files, etc. And how to set up SSH config files to support different default usernames for different servers or for different aliases of the same server.

As before, feel free to read ahead to additional tips, but plan to check for updates when I mail out those tips over the next few days. I’m still doing major re-writes of some of the later tips in this series.

Enjoy!
— Fred

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