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I have recently been given an account on a Linux server. This server is shared with different members of a research institution and the standard permissions allow other users to access my directories and files.

I have decided to create a folder (let's call it private) in my home and to change the permissions with chmod 700 ~/private. I have noticed that the permissions of new files created in private might allow others to access them. I am fairly new with chmod and I don't understand whether having set the permissions of private as above prevent others to view and access what is within this folder, regardless of the files permissions.

Shall I use a similar approach as in this question to set the permissions of all files within private or having set the permissions of this folder is already enough?

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It's already enough. The directory access limitations take precedence over its content's permissions.

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