If you use a .htaccess file in the directory (assuming Apache), a popup 
box asks for username/password. The password is MD5 encrypted. I think 
the downside is php getting access to these, or maybe I'm wrong in this.


Anup wrote:

>I belive you can have the file atleast one directory below your root web
>folder (so web surfers have no access, just your script). Also since the
>HTML->PHP is unsecure over HTTP, look into HTTPS , I believe this is related
>to SSL (Secure Socket Layer). Without SSL, you will be POSTing your
>user/pass enter from the HTML form in plain text, which is always a target
>for packet sniffers.
>"Roman Duriancik" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message
>>If I want to secure the access to the database by asking for passwd, what
>>should I do ? I suppose I need a secure connection to transfer the
>>and passwd between HTML form and the script - how do I make that ?
>>How do I secure the database file with passwords and user names so that
>>it cannot be accessed by anyone, just by allowed users ?
>>thank you

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