You can lock a directory with a password using the cPanel's Directory Privacy.

1. Log in to your cPanel account.

2. In the Files section, click on Directory Privacy.
 Directory Privacy
3. Click on the directory to open it.
public html directory

4. Click on the Edit, showing next to the directory you want to protect.
current directory
5. Under Security Settings, check-mark Password protect this directory. Then click on Save.
Security Settings
6. Now click on Go back.
success notification
7. Scroll down the page. Under Create User, fill in the username and password fields or use the Password Generator option to generate a new random password and copy it to Notepad. Click on Save.
create user page
If you try to open the password-protected directory in your browser via the URL, your browser prompts for credentials.
password protected directory

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