You could have used the default location by mentioning it an
Snapshot Agent job will need write and
Distribution Agent job will need read privilege. Snapshot file location (directory) is a property of
Publication, keep that in mind when you mention alternate location.
When configuring a Distributor through the Configure Distribution Wizard or the New Publication Wizard, the snapshot folder defaults to a local path: X:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\\MSSQL\ReplData. If you are using a remote Distributor or pull subscriptions, you must specify a UNC network share (such as \\snapshot) rather than a local path.
The Snapshot Agent must have write permissions for the directory you
specify, and the Distribution Agent or Merge Agent must have read
permissions. If pull subscriptions are used, you must specify a shared
directory as a universal naming convention (UNC) path, such as
Alternate snapshot locations enable you to store snapshot files in a location other than, or in addition to, the default location, which is typically located on the Distributor. Alternate locations can be on another server, on a network drive, or on removable media such as CD-ROMs or removable disks.
More about securing snapshot folder.
Secure the Snapshot Folder