How do you block directory scans using htaccess?

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Add Apache rewrite rules to your .htaccess file. For example, the following will redirect all attempts to access files with names starting with, phpMyAdmin to index.php:

RewriteRule ^/phpMyAdmin.*$ /index.php

Some Regular Expression Tips[edit]

^ Means start of filename
. Means any character other than newlines
* Means one or more of the previous character
$ Means end of line