To make the .htaccess file immutable, you can use the chattr command in the Linux command line. This command will set the file attributes to prevent any modifications or deletion of the file.
Here are the steps to make the .htaccess file immutable:
- Log in to your website’s server via SSH.
- Navigate to the directory that contains the .htaccess file. For example, if the .htaccess file is located in the public_html directory, use the following command:
- Use the following command to set the immutable attribute on the .htaccess file:
sudo chattr +i .htaccess
+i option sets the file to be immutable, preventing any modifications or deletion of the file. The
sudo command may be necessary to grant you the required permissions to modify the file attributes.
To remove the immutable attribute from the .htaccess file, you can use the following command:
sudo chattr -i .htaccess
This will remove the immutable attribute and allow you to modify or delete the .htaccess file again.
The easiest way is to ask your hosting provider to do it for you.
It’s important to note that making the .htaccess file immutable can prevent any accidental or unauthorized changes to the file, but it does not make your website completely immune to hacks or security breaches. You should still follow best practices for securing your website, such as keeping your software up to date, using strong passwords, and regularly monitoring your website for security issues.