I have a rather extensive web application that uses content from certain directories that I would like to make inaccessible via the web browser. As of now, for my application to work, I have to grant read,write,execute privileges, but I noticed that I am able to browse directly to very sensitive folders, which I don't want ANYONE to be able to do. MUCH of our content is downloadable/usable only through subscriptions and if someone is smart, they can currently hack around that. :(
I've poked around on the internet and I keep hearing about chmod and groups. Honestly, I am new to Linux and I'm not sure how to properly use such features, but I AM willing to listen and learn and give it a shot.
In a nutshell, I want my application to have full direct access to everything, but I want to limit what folders/files my web users can directly browse to and view.
Please let me know if you can help.