A password-protected directory or area is a folder that could be accessed only if a username and a password are provided, so no unauthorized individuals could view its content. This feature can be used for the main folder of a specific site or exclusively for a specific subfolder based on your requirements. For instance, if you are creating a new website and you do not want people to see it before it's ready, you may want to limit the access to it completely, while if you need only some individuals to be able to access certain files, you could password-protect only a specific folder, while the remaining portion of the Internet site could be seen by anyone. In any case, a “403 Forbidden” error page shall appear in the event that the login details the visitor enters aren't accurate. Even a direct link to a file will not work provided any folder above it is password-protected.