So today I created a new subdir on one of my sites and wanted to protect it with Username/Password. In the subdir I created a .htaccess file pointing to an existing $HOME/.htpasswd/[name] file. All of a sudden all of my sites/web pages required me to Sign In. Along with the rest of the world. After about an hour the DH tech moved my ~/.htpasswd to .htpasswd_old and all was right - except now none of my subdir files know how to let me in. So, I move the .htpasswd_old to ~/bin/.htpasswd and edited the half dozen subdir/.htaccess file by inserting “/bin” at the proper place and life is good again.
So, I’m saying, someone, fixed what wasn’t broken - a .htpasswd file in the home/login dir now applies to DA WORLD!