[Pro] file download

Is there an “action” that you have to use a user password before you can download a file ?


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The most secure method is to create a page of your site within a password protected directory on your web hosting server. Using cpanel it’s very easy. That way, when the user visits the page they are requested to give a username and password to gain access.

Then simply use an action like Download File Plus for the relevant file.

Using cpanel you can add as many username / password combos as you wish, as you take new users on board. I’ve been using this for a while and it works perfectly, and is really easy to setup. Google something like ‘making a secure directory on cpanel’ to find out how. Here’s an example:

http://www.siteground.com/tutorials/cpanel/pass_protected_directories.htm

Hope this helps.

Neil.


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It tried the following. I made a pdf file with a “password to open” and used the action on my page “link to file”. I uploaded the page and the document to the server. However when i click on the link on my website I just get a grey page, does not ask for a password. I don’t want to have a protected directory and cpanel does not ring a bell to me at all. I think what i want is simple but Freeway seems not to be suitable for this.


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by the way without a password the file just opens as I wish.


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I just get a grey page, does not ask for a password.

Because doing it this way you need to open the file using Reader or similar to get the proper functionality - rather than try and view it online using a Plug-in

The BEST way is as has been described - a Password Protected Directory.

Who is your Hosting Provider (and what plan are you on) - if we know that we should be able to talk you through a relatively easy process.

Another alternative would be to use a password protected zip file - wont stop the download but will prevent them from unzipping without the password. But then you have to get the password to them.

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Freeway seems not to be suitable for this

This is not a limitation of FW - this is something that should really be handled at the Server level.

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if it’s the PDF that’s passworded, why protect the zip? Zipping should force a download, while Reader will require a password.

A non-passworded PDF in a password-protected folder on your server is the best route. That’s controlled by you and your hosting provider, so who they are is key to finding a possible solution.


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On Jan 5, 2013, at 7:20 AM, “DeltaDave” email@hidden wrote:

Another alternative would be to use a password protected zip file - wont stop the download but will prevent them from unzipping without the password. But then you have to get the password to them.


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if it’s the PDF that’s passworded, why protect the zip?

As an alternative because his password protected PDF method isn’t working!

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Maybe I’m not clear, if the PDF is already protected, then forcing an actual download by zipping it - without a password - creates a secure scenario that matches his skill level. The only difference is whether the secure reading takes place online in the browser or offline in Reader.


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On Jan 5, 2013, at 8:02 AM, “DeltaDave” email@hidden wrote:

if it’s the PDF that’s passworded, why protect the zip?

As an alternative because his password protected PDF method isn’t working!


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Maybe I’m not clear, if the PDF is already protected, then forcing an actual download by zipping it - without a password - creates a secure scenario that matches his skill level.

Yes - that is true for his scenario where the protected PDF does not open in the Browser and a download is the only way it will work for him.

The real issue is that PDFs can be handled in many different ways by browsers and adding more layers of complexity are bound to lead to problems cross browser/cross platform.

I still maintain that the password protected directory is the method that is likely to be the easiest.

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I like the protected directory best myself, for other reasons. Were I to do
something like this, I’d choose that method as passworded PDFs are more
hackable than passworded directories.


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… I still use the old trick of opening password protected PDFs in colorSync and re-saving to strip the password out. Not that I go round stealing graphics out of PDF’s for my own use… :slight_smile:

Artvideo - like others have said just let us know who’s hosting and we’ll let you know to do it (secure dir) - it really is ridiculously easy to do once you know how.

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If it is who I think it is then this should point the way for him

http://www.sohosted.com/helpdesk/faq/vraag=210/hoe-beveilig-ik-een-map-binnen-mijn-domein

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It is possible to protect a page/directory via a script, and some hand coding. Like I’ve done here: http://info.aszrunners.nl (user/password: demo).

Used script was downloaded here: :: Web Page Password Protect :: Free PHP Scripts


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Thanks guys for this information.

Ok I managed to create a so-called protected directory and view the file via a push on a link on my website. Is there also a possibility to download the file via a click on a link to a location picked by the user without viewing the file first.


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Do we know eachother DeltaDave ???


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Op 5 jan. 2013, om 19:21 heeft “Artivideo” email@hidden het volgende geschreven:

Do we know eachother DeltaDave ???


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For as long as people can view pdf’s in their browsers, you’ll see the file first. So, you need to zip it first, or use a php download script in order to make the pdf file download directly like explained here:

All different by the way, but perhaps that the action-developers around here can shine a light on this, or even bake an action (if it isn’t existing already).

Richard


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Oh my … a Frysk … now what?


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