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I have this weird idea in my mind - like is it possible to host simple html page on my desktop the access to which is only accepted via an authentication key? I have a static IP and nowadays domain names are cheap. The desktop is running CentOS with the latest mainline kernel. My intention is to have a simple page where I can see plots from a weather station generated by a script executed as a chron job. The purpose of authentication is first and foremost security - since I keep my personal files on the computer and an attack would be devastating. Also that would ensure privacy.

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Software for a private blog with access control

  • Authentication will not affect the security of your personal files. If a web server has security issues, authentication doesn't help and if it has no security issues, the users should not be able to break out the directory you're serving anyways. – pLumo Mar 21 at 12:29
  • I guess my question should actually be - how to allow access to a port from outside similarly to how I have set a different ssh port and disabled password login? Does it make more sense? – Suzanka Mar 22 at 7:41
  • Yes, but I don't see any relation to software rec. – pLumo Mar 22 at 7:45
  • I am sorry, I had initially misunderstood that security can be ensured by some alternative to Apache for example. My mistake. Thanks for your replies. – Suzanka Mar 22 at 8:23

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