How to 'protect' a directory

My sites contain a lot of graphics (photos, drawings, etc) that are basically in a /pics/whatever.jpg format.

How can I keep folks from accessing the /pics/ directory?

And, do I really need to? Folks can right click and save an image so why protect the directory? Is there any harm in not protecting it?


Where are we going and why are we in this basket?
mine -
dog’s -

Either put a blank index.html file in the directory, or put an .htaccess file with the single line:

Options -indexes

(this is documented in the kbase at