How to Fix 403 Forbidden Error?

Refresh the Page

Refreshing the page is always worth the shot. Mostly the 403 error is temporary, and a simple refresh might work. Most users use the F5 key to refresh, and also provide a Refresh button from the address bar. It may not fix the problem often, but it takes just a second to check.

Double Check the Address

The common reason for the 403 error is a mistyped URL. Make sure that the address you’re trying to access is for a web page or file, not a directory. A regular URL would normally end in .com, .php, .org, .html, or have an extension, while a directory URL would mostly end with a “/”.Most servers are configured to not allow directory browsing for the security reasons. When they are correctly configured, you are redirected to another page. When they’ e not, you might see a 403 error.

Clear Your Browser Cookies and Cache

It is also possible the page with the error has been cached in your browser, but the actual link was changed on the website. To test out this possibility, you will have to clear your browser cache and cookies. Clearing the cache will not affect your browsing experience much, but some websites may a take a couple of extra seconds to load as they re-download all the previously cached data. Clearing cookies means you will have to sign in again to most websites. 

Check Permission to Access the URL

If you’re trying to access the website that requires you to log in before you can check the content, then it might be causing the issue. Generally, servers are configured to show you an error letting you know you must be logged in to access the content. But some configured servers have not properly thrown a 403 error instead. Try to log into the website and check if the error goes away.

Try Again Later

If none of the simple solutions we have discussed so far work, you can always wait for a while and come back later. As most of the time, 403 Errors are due to these issues with the website in question; it’s mostly when someone is already working on the problem.

Contact the Website

Another option is to reach the website owner. Check for their contact information on the website and contact them about the page in question. If there is no contact form, you can try and reach the website on their social media.

Contact your ISP

If you can confirm that the website in question is working for others but not for you, then the public IP may address your ISP provided you have been blocked for a reason. You can try reaching them and letting them know about the issue faced. It’s not a very viable solution, but they might be able to help.

What is a 403 Forbidden Error?

The 403 Forbidden Error occurs when the web page that you are trying to open in your web browser is a resource that you are not allowed to access. It is called a 403 error because that is the HTTP status code that the webserver uses to describe that kind of mistake. You generally get this error for one of the two reasons. The initial one is that the owners of the webserver have a proper setup access permissions, and that you are not allowed access to the resource. Another reason is that the owners of the webserver have not set up permissions correctly and you are getting denied access when you should not be. Just like the 404 errors and 502 errors, website designers can customize how a 403 error should look like. Hence, you might see different looking 403 pages on other websites. Websites might also use different names for this error.

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