Let me just say that doing this sort of thing with .htaccess files has never been a strong point for me. Let's say that I have a directory in my web root: /dir/data Within that directory let's say that I have a file called data.txt I need to completely restrict access to data.txt (or the whole data directory). The only things that I want to be able to access the data.txt is a script located at /dir/data.php I also use scp in a shell file on another server to update the data.txt file, hence this shell file will have to be allowed to access the directory and file as well. I for the life of me can't seem to find what I need on Google (though I know it's there somewhere). I really appreciate any help.