Protecting directories through the Site Administrator
This topic is for systems without
FrontPage® Extensions. If you have FrontPage enabled, you need to
use the FrontPage interface to
You can password-protect directories A simulated file folder on a computer disk. Files and applications are
typically stored in directories on computer systems.
on your site to limit access to files located in those directories. If
your site does not have FrontPage enabled, you do this through the Site
Administrator control panel.
You can protect directories only; you cannot protect individual files.
If you want to protect a single file, either place that file in an existing
protected directory, or create a directory specifically for that file,
then protect the directory.
If you have not done
so already, create an HTAccess
group, then specify the user
or users who belong to the group. You need to create a at least one
group and add at least one user to that group before you can protect a
In the shortcuts
area of the Home pageProtect Directories (File Manager section).
The Protect Directories (HTAccess
Configuration) form opens, showing a list of the directories on your
site. The directories are identified as either unprotected or protected.
From the directory
list, locate the directory you want to protect, then in the Actions
column, click . The Protect Directory form opens.
In the AuthName
field, enter a descriptive name for the directory you want to protect.
When users attempt to access files, this name is displayed in the login
window as the Realm.
For example, to protect a directory of employee salary
information, you might type Compensation.
In the Add to
field, specify the groups that are allowed to access this directory.
You can select or clear multiple directories by pressing and holding down
key while clicking the directory names.
The directory is now protected. Users are required to enter user names
and passwords before accessing information in the directory.
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Published April 16, 2004