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403 Forbidden Error


Definition: A 403 Forbidden Error message can show up when a Web searcher tries to access a Web page that needs some kind of special credentials; i.e., a password, a username, registration, etc.

A 403 Forbidden Error doesn't mean that the page is not available, but it does mean that (for whatever reason) the page is not available for public access. For example, a university might not want non-university students accessing its library reference desk, so it requires a username and password in order to gain entrance to this information on the Web.

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