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Apache Today: Apache Guide: Apache Authentication, Part 1

Jul 24, 2000, 12:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Bowen)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Authentication is any process by which you verify that someone is who they claim they are. Authorization is any process by which someone is allowed to be where they want to go, or to have information that they want to have."

"If you have information on your Web site that is sensitive or intended for only a small group of people, the techniques in this article will help you make sure that the people that see those pages are the people that you wanted to see them."

"This is the first in a two-part series. In this article, I'm going to cover the standard way of protecting parts of your Web site that most of you are going to use. In the next part I'll talk about using databases, rather than text files, to contain your user and group information. Somewhere in here I'll talk about using things other than usernames and passwords to protect your web site from "intruders"--such as the IP address of the visitor."

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