Google/Apache Trick

Google really can be entertaining. The latest trick I’ve stumbled across is to search for "Index of" "Name Last modified Size Description". Instant access to thousands of folders whose owners, more likely than not, aren’t aware that their folder is accessible. It works because apache (the most popular web-server in the world) has the ability to generate HTML listings of folder contents, and the format contains those search terms.

For added value, append more search terms, like mpg, mov, jpg or "My Documents". Who has their My Documents folder accessible to the web? Let’s find out.

Oh, and no. You won’t find soylentred in any of your searches. Partly because my server is configured not to present folder listings, but mostly because Google hasn’t spidered me yet.