A password-protected directory or area is a folder which could be accessed only if a username and a password are entered, so no unauthorized individuals could observe its content. This feature could be used for the primary folder of a specific Internet site or only for a specific subfolder based on the needs you have. For instance, if you are developing a new Internet site and you do not want people to see it before it's completely ready, you should limit the access to it completely, whereas if you would like only some people to be able to access certain files, you could password-protect only a specific folder, while the rest of the website could be seen by anybody. Anyway, a “403 Forbidden” error page will appear if the login details the visitor inputs aren't right. Even a direct link to a file won't work provided any folder above it is password-protected.
Password Protected Directories in Cloud Web Hosting
Setting up a password-protected area shall take just a few clicks and a few seconds if you host your Internet sites in a cloud web hosting account with us. You will not have to do anything complicated - you will need to choose a domain/subdomain, to pick which folder under it has to be secured, and then to type in the login name and password that will be used to access that folder. In case a number of individuals need their own login credentials, there won't be a problem to create numerous different usernames with access to the same folder. All protected folders shall appear with a padlock icon within the File Manager section, so you will always know where this feature is enabled. If you'd like to deactivate the security function for any folder, you can disable it from the exact same section of the CP where you have enabled it.