A password-protected directory or area is a folder which can be accessed when a username and a password are typed in, so no unauthorized people could check out its content. This option could be used for the primary folder of a particular Internet site or exclusively for a certain subfolder based upon your needs. For instance, if you are creating a new Internet site and you do not want people to see it before it is ready, you might want to limit the access to it altogether, whereas if you would like only some people to be able to access particular files, you'll be able to password-protect only a specific folder, while the remaining portion of the website could be seen by everybody. In any case, a “403 Forbidden” error page shall appear in the event that the login details the visitor inputs are not accurate. Even a direct link to a file will not work provided any folder above it is password-protected.