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Protecting directory via .htaccess file without having root permissions

There are several methods of accessing .HTACCESS files and here are the ways to prevent access as such.

Apply Low Permissions (Ignore this since it requires root permissions)

The basic guidance for permissions is simple, the lower the number the harder access becomes. Good rule of thumb is keep the number as low as possible where the performance or functionality is not impacted. For most users, setting it to 640 will grant level of access that you need.

Add .HTACCESS Directives

What’s important to note here is that this only works if the attack is external. This won’t protect you from internal attacks (if entire cPanel accout is hacked, for example) This is the .htaccess directive you can use:


Order Deny, Allow Deny from All

Note: This only protects the file from external access.

  • Disable directory browsing

If you do not want to allow your visitors to browse through your entire directory, simply add the piece of 2 lines in your .htaccess in the root directory of your WordPress blog.

disable directory browsing

Options All –Indexes

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