I have a number of PDFs in a password protected folder. In that folder I have an HTML file with links to the files. Unfortunately some people cannot access them due to filtering software on their end that gives the following error message:
You are explicitly denied access to this website "http://www.thedomain.com/Presentations/Index.aspx
" per local base policy and AFI-33-129
Your request was denied because of its content categorization: "none"
I can put together a password protected page easily enough that only gives them the links to the files if they enter a correct password, but the files themselves would then be in a non-protected folder. Will search engine bots be able to find those files without the password since they are just sitting in the folder?
When I put in a URL for a folder on my web server with no default page I get the error
Directory Listing Denied
This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed.
This leads me to believe that they would be safe, but I don't want to find out afterward they aren't as the data is sensitive.