Prevent viewing a list of files (directory listing) on the server

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CombChess / 5 Points
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2012-02-29 12:51 pm EST
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Hi, I wanted to know how to prevent others from accessing my directories in two situations. Either if I don't have an index.html, or if they visitor knows the directory, for example if my site is: www.mywebsite.com and they type in www.mywebsite.com/images they get a directory listing of all of my images. How do I STOP that from happening. Thank you.

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ChristiNi
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2012-02-29 1:06 pm EST
Hello CombChess,

Thank you for your question about preventing access to directory listings. The most efficient way to do this is to use the Index Manager in cPanel. Choose "No Indexing" for public_html (your main domain's document root). This adds code to your .htaccess file which will protect not only that folder but subfolders as well (unless you add a separate .htaccess file in a subfolder).

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional assistance.

Regards,

Christi N.

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