Keeping PDF Files secure from google search
Posted on 2008-10-07
I have created a secure log-in for a client who has a page with links to pdf files. The page is secure and you must log-in to see these links. The problem is that a user was searching goggle and found a link to the pdf file, which he was able to download. with a previous client where I created a digital download. To prevent users browsing directly to the file, I created a folder outside the web root and put all the files in there. With the server I am working with inthis case , they don't allow any access to files outside the web root. I know I can create an htaccess file for the particular folder but we are trying to avoid having the user log-in to the page and than again log in evrytime they want to look at a pdf file.
Is there another way to prevent a user from searching on google and accessing the pdf file directly?