Controlling File Access with Authentication and Authorization

Controlled access to files

Files can contain sensitive information. This sensitivity can create concerns for end users. To implement restricted access to files, developers can utilize a combination of middleware and Storage facade logic.

The following steps can be adopted to implement the logic:

Step 1: Generate authentication

With the help of php artisan make:auth, developers can generate a set of authentication-related files and scaffolding to help developers implement user authentication quickly.

Step 2: Configure the middleware

As discussed earlier, Laravel provides a built-in function called Auth::check(). This function can be utilized in custom middleware to check whether the request is coming from a verified logged-in user or not.

In this step, a middleware named AuthenticateUser is created that will check whether the user is verified or not.

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