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ASP.NET A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected

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I'm getting thousands of messages like this  in my Application Event Log for IIS wp3.exe...all regarding the same web page.

Exception message: A potentially dangerous Request.Form value was detected from the client (TextBox1="...ifsbwjwf, <a href="http://cial...").


The textbox on that page is meant  for a user to enter a City or ZIP code, thus only for characters, numbers, dashes, commas, and the occasional apostrophe

So here is my goal:  I want to eliminate this error message popping up in my event log (I need to properly handle it), and I want to make sure that I'm also not just allowing my form to be wide open to malicious text box entries.

What is my best step?  Thanks!
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Add "validateRequest="false" into the Page directive (first line of your .aspx file)
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/81991/a-potentially-dangerous-request-form-value-was-detected-from-the-client
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doesn't that open up my page to malicious attacks?
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When you write a string to HTML, you should encode characters that have special meaning in HTML, using Server.HtmlEncode.
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