[thelist] how secure is .htaccess?

Daniel J. Cody djc at members.evolt.org
Thu Mar 14 09:32:01 CST 2002

Hey Lisa -

Lisa Frost wrote:
> Please excuse my ignorance about .htaccess
> I have discovered that it is very easy to set up a .htaccess directory
> at my host, but was wondering how secure these folders actually are.
> For example, my client wants to put up a copy of his passport in there
> so that if he loses it whilst flying around the world he can just
> download a copy from anywhere to help with sorting out a new one.
> Obviously he does not want every Tom, Dick and Harry getting their hands
> on a copy. So would it be safe to put it in a .htaccess directory?

while i wouldn't use .htaccess to protect something like CC #'s or where
my secret cache of beer is hidden, you can be reasonably confident that
it'll do what you're looking to do.

> Secondly, are search engines able to spider .htaccess directories?

not if they're password protected..

shout if you have any more questions :)


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