Have you ever wanted to share files or information over the Web, but only with a select group of people? On the BU website, you can restrict access to specific groups (like BU faculty, staff, or students) or to individual users. Using a single file, called an .htaccess file, you can control who can access directories within your site.
Why restrict access?
- Internal policy or departmental documents that should be viewed only by certain individuals at Boston University.
- Copyrighted materials that you put on a class website. To abide by fair-use guidelines, copyrighted materials should be viewed only by the students enrolled in the class.
- Any materials that should be viewed or used only by specific individuals.
Restricting access is easy. Basically, you create a subdirectory for the files, and you create a special file called .htaccess that specifies who can access the files in that subdirectory.