Search Engine Security Settings

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To prevent unauthorized domains from using your search engines, access is restricted by default so only whitelisted domains can use them.

Allowed Domains

Doofinder uses CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) to protect your search engines. This means that only whitelisted domains can perform requests client-side to your search engines.

To configure which domains you want to grant client-side access to a search engine you have to access Configuration > Security section in the Doofinder Control Panel for that search engine.

Doofinder enables your main domain by default and *.doofinder.com too so you can use search from the Control Panel. That's why you usually have to do nothing to have your Doofinder layer working in your own site.

Say you own a search engine for an e-commerce website accessible at https://www.mysafeshop.com. In the Security screen you will probably see how *.mysafeshop.com is whitelisted inside Allowed Domains.

If you want your users to search in www.mysafeshop.com from another site, for instance https://www.myfriendsshop.com you will have to authorize that domain by adding a new entry to Allowed Domains. Just enter www.myfriendsshop.com and save.

How Patterns Work

Websites use domain names, and domain names have subdomains: www.doofinder.com is a subdomain of doofinder.com.

To prevent big lists of authorized domains you can use patterns with wildcards to match, for instance, any subdomain of a domain.

Say you have also a blog accessible at blog.mysafeshop.com. You can grant access to your search engine from both www and blog by using a wildcard: *.mysafeshop.com.

If you have inner subdomains, you can repeat the pattern: *.*.mysafeshop.com.

If you use your search layer in different pages with multiple inner subdomains, you can match all of them with the double asterisk wildcard (**) like in: **.mysafeshop.com.

Blocked IPs

There is another option available for security configuration: Blocked IPs. This allows you to specify IPs or entire IP ranges (using network notation) to explicitly forbid access to your Search Engine.

This is useful to prevent Bots attacks from public IPs. It will also allow you to easily stop any puntual attack from a specific IP if it ever happen.

Remember to review blocked IPs frequently because IPs in Internet change so you may be blocking a valid IP at some time.

Now go ahead and drive safe!