A password-protected directory or area is a folder that may be accessed when a username and a password are provided, so no unauthorized people may see its content. This function could be used for the primary folder of a given website or just for a certain subfolder in accordance with your needs. For instance, if you are creating a new Internet site and you do not want people to see it prior to it being ready, you should limit the access to it altogether, and if you would like only some individuals to be able to access specific files, you may password-protect only a specific folder, while the remaining portion of the Internet site could be seen by anybody. In any case, a “403 Forbidden” error page shall appear in the event that the login details the visitor inputs are not right. Even a direct link to a file won't work provided any folder above it is password-protected.