"The Apache web server, which celebrated its seventeenth
birthday in February, continues to dominate its peers in
popularity. Given its vast array of features, and even greater list
of add-in modules, it?s little wonder that Apache now boasts more
than 60% of the HTTP server market share, according to the latest
Netcraft report. If that includes your organization, you should
learn about some of the most useful and effective modules you can
use to restrict access to your Apache-powered website.
"No doubt the most commonly used access control method for
Apache is the .htaccess file, which allows you to specify
configuration options for specific directories. But it isn?t the
only way, and it?s certainly not the most efficient. We?ll discuss
a few modules here that you can use to better customize access
restrictions for your site, so you can, for instance, deny access
for three hours every Tuesday and Thursday, or deny access to
everyone from a specific domain."