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Using Hidden Directories with FrontPage Components

Hidden folders are important to Web security because, as the name suggests, they and their content are concealed from casual visitors to the Web. Hidden folder names are indicated by a leading underscore character.

FrontPage automatically puts the special folder _private into a newly created web. Browsers can't directly read files in this or in any other hidden folder. For example, if a site visitor tries to access the location http://www.mysite/_private/header.htm, he is prompted for a username and password, or informed that he is not allowed to view that page. Furthermore, the Search Form component does not search hidden folders, and the Table of Contents component does not add links to pages stored in hidden folders.


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