Apache Server – How to restrict users from viewing and downloading API files

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Problem Statement:-

How to restrict users from viewing and downloading API files?

The advancements in technologies are terrifying business owners in 2020, as they are facing more challenges to keep their customers and personal information secure on the web. Web applications store sensitive information, and this makes the web apps more vulnerable to more cyber-attacks from hackers and cyber-thieves. A proactive security strategy is the best way to tackle cyber-security threats. 

Writing a Secure PHP Code is the best way to avoid security threats in web applications. Here is a blog that enunciates how to restrict users from viewing and downloading API files from the server.

Description of the Issue:-

I was working on a checkout form on a website. While I complete all the process and click submit, it sends all the necessary data to pay.php via post. Then, the pay.php file does the rest and transmits all the data over to the payment gateway. Pay.php file stores sensitive data. I need to secure it right to avoid access from outsiders to view or download via web browser by entering http://domain.com/pay.php

The Solution Offered:-

Adding the secure PHP code was a challenge. I did some research and found a few codes that should be added to the .htaccess file of the Apache server. Following this step is assured to restrict access to the file in the server.

You can use Files/FilesMatch and a regular expression:

<Files ~ “\.txt$”>

Order allow, deny

Deny from all

</Files>

Referral/ Support links – https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/misc/security_tips.html

Technologies or frameworks or tools – PHP

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Platforms (Web, Mobile, Etc.) – Web, Mobile APIs

Server or OS – ALL

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