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How To Properly Deny Traffic for Staging Purposes

I have Nginx, Gunicorn, set up for a Django app. I’d like to test, so only myself and one other individual on my network can see the site. However, I would like to test mail through my mail host and mail sender service as well. I am utilizing Cloudflare and have their IPs whitelisted in my fw. I already have a rule to deny all traffic except the Cloudflare IPs, my local host, plus SSH and Nginx. How can I correctly accomplish denying traffic on my fw for staging purposes?


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Hi @mpasquali,

You can restrict access to your website or some parts of it by implementing a username/password authentication. Usernames and passwords are taken from a file created and populated by a password file creation tool.

HTTP Basic authentication can also be combined with other access restriction methods, for example restricting access by IP address or geographical location.

I’ll suggest taking a look the Nginx docs about this one here:

https://docs.nginx.com/nginx/admin-guide/security-controls/configuring-http-basic-authentication/#configuring-nginx-and-nginx-plus-for-http-basic-authentication

As a whole, I’ll suggest giving the whole Security section a read.