Introduction to AFS
Short words about your home directory
As you may have noticed, there are a couple of directories in your home directory that have been created to make it easier to protect and share files.
A place to put files that should be readable by anyone in the whole world. This includes .forward, .bashrc, .tcshrc, and similar files.
Files that should only be readable by the owner. This directory is not listable by anyone except the owner.