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Here are some instructions on how to use the .htaccess method of protecting files and directories. It can be pretty simple to do.

The system requires two files -- the .htaccess file and .htpasswd file.

The .htaccess Code


AuthType Basic
AuthName "restricted area"
AuthUserFile /var/www/html/protect-me-dir/.htpasswd
require valid-user


The above code protects a directory called "protect-me-dir" inside of the html directory. Be sure to use the correct folder path for your account type.

The .htpasswd Code


admin:daWHfZrDLB88
bob:roFulYxC2.8ws
developer:csmnmq.M8T5ho


The .htpasswd file contains the usernames and passwords of allowed users. This example shows 3 different users. One per line. The passwords are MD5 encripted for security purposes.

To generate encrypted passwords for your .htpasswd file, you can use this password generator. http://www.htpasswdgenerator.net/