Protection options: IBM HTTP Server
System Administration IBM HTTP Server documentation
Applies to UNIX

Protection Options

Choose from the following options to set up protection for server resources:  

Without protection

The default is without protection. Do nothing if you do not want protection. Without protection, any client can get to any file on your server machine.

If there are some files for which you want to limit access, consider using password protection or secure SSL connections.

With password protection

If you want to require a valid password before displaying a particular file, or directory of files, set up password protection. If you want data to travel over the Internet in encrypted form, set up secure SSL connections.

For example, if your server serves stock quotes, you might need to verify that the client requesting the quote has paid for the quotation service. Password protection for the files that contain the information is acceptable. Password protection limits access to certain files.

With secure SSL connections

Implementing SSL requires additional steps. If you need encryption, set up secure connections.

For example, if your server provides a catalog for a mail-order business and buyers submit credit card numbers over the Internet, you would want to set up a secure connection for the credit card information.  

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