How do I password protect a directory? Print

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What is directory privacy?

All cPanel customers have access to the directory privacy feature. This allows you password protect directories when accessed via a URL. You might have a few reasons for wanting to do this, if you’re running a WordPress you could use this feature to lock access to your wp-admin page or any page on your site. This provides another layer of authentication and gives you a little more peace of mind.  

How to set it up. 

  1. Login to your cPanel account.
  2. Under the “File” section, Click “directory privacy”.

cPanel files with directory privacy highlighted

  1. To navigate through directories (folders) click on them.

Private directory files highlighted

  1. To navigate back use the “Home” icon or “Up One Level”

Private directory navigation features highlighted

  1. Click “Edit” to select that directory.
  2. Click the checkbox “Password protect this directory”.
  3. Enter a name for the protected directory.
  4. Click “Save”.

Private directory checked and named

  1. Click “Go Back”.
  2. Create a user with access to the secure directory.
  3. Enter a username.
  4. Enter or Use the generator to make a password.
  5. Click “Save”

Private directory user creation

  1. A lock will appear on the folder, and next to “Yes” in the private column.

Private directory success with lock shown


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