[wp-edu] protecting uploaded files from direct download (multisite)

Covello, Steve Steve.Covello at granite.edu
Mon Aug 12 12:49:03 UTC 2013

Wordpress Download Manager includes password protection and other user


- Steve

Steve Covello
Rich Media Specialist/Online Instructor
Granite State College
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On 8/10/13 4:43 PM, "Joseph Ugoretz" <joseph.ugoretz at mhc.cuny.edu> wrote:

>Has anyone found a good solution for this?
>Here's the basic scenario.  A class site wants to post links to class
>readings (as PDFs) for the students to download and read.  The instructor
>has copyright permission (or fair use exemption) to copy and distribute
>these readings to the class--but not to share them with the whole wide
>So she uploads the files, puts the links on a separate page, and
>password-protects that page.  Then she gives the password for that page
>to the class, so the students can all get the files.
>So far, so good, but the problem is that even though the page is
>password-protected, the uploaded files are not.  So anyone who has the
>direct link can download those files without knowing the password. And
>google does index the content of pdf files, so it's very possible, in
>fact likely, that someone googling (for example) the author's name or
>some terms in the document will come across that direct link.
>I've tried as many of the .htaccess tricks for preventing this as I can
>find.  This looked like the best guide
>strategy/ but I tried many others.
>None of them seem to work at all for multisite.  They don't stop the
>problem in any way.
>If you've got a tip or trick, I'd love to hear about it!  I'd be happy
>with a solution that would work for the enitre network...or just for
>specific sites.  I'm OK with just about anything that will work!
>Joseph Ugoretz, PhD
>Associate Dean
>Teaching, Learning and Technology
>Macaulay Honors College
>The City University of New York
>35 West 67th St.
>New York, New York 10023
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