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2answers
111 views

Will using HTTPS hurt my site's SEO or other statistics?

I've set up a WordPress blog. Since I have to log into it from many different locations/machines, I've also got an SSL certificate, and set up Apache to redirect HTTP to HTTPS. It all works, but I'm ...
2
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1answer
766 views

How to log username in Apache logs?

I need some help regarding how to log the user-name into apache logs. I'm building a use-case for Security Information Event Management. Is the method the same in case of IIS or just applicable to ...
4
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2answers
363 views

Combining a content management system with ASP.NET

I am going to be creating a site that seems like it requires a blend of a content management system (CMS) and some custom web development (which is done in ASP.NET MVC). I have plenty of web ...
2
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1answer
64 views

Password protected website

I need to add a user authentication page before the actual homepage of the website. In Joomla! I just set the website offline and the offline page loads in place of the homepage but then it's ...
1
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1answer
390 views

Good idea to use Google Sites for static content and custom PHP for dynamic

We have a site based upon Google Sites. Now we would like to create a login area (HTTPS) with a mixture of dynamic and static content. Is it a good idea to utilize Google Sites and use iFrames for the ...
0
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0answers
193 views

SIMPLEST way to set up password protection for a static site, with basic admin UI?

I have a static site. I would like the simplest approach to password protecting a directory, with a basic admin UI for adding/removing users. I will have so few users that I don't care about ...
3
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2answers
117 views

What are recommended password reset mecanisms?

All, I'm developing a small, non-commercial web app. I'm trying to decide how to help a user who might have lost their password. I need a mechanism that is, in order of priority: 1) User friendly; ...
8
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8answers
381 views

What are the reasons to have a two step login? (Username on one page, password on the second.)

So I've recently been encountering more two step login processes, where I'm required to enter my username on one page and my password on a second. I really don't like this pattern, as it requires an ...
7
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3answers
198 views

How should a site respond to automated login attempts with phony usernames?

For the last couple weeks I've been seeing a consistent stream of 15-30 invalid login attempts per hours on my site. Many of them are non-sensical usernames that nobody would ever register for real, ...
5
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2answers
178 views

Managing accounts on a private website for a real-life community

I'm looking at setting-up a walled-in (i.e. mostly private, with a small public-facing login page) website for a real-life community of people, and I was wondering if anyone has any experience with ...
2
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1answer
117 views

Looking for usability studies of user authentication methods and interfaces, do you know of any?

Been having issues with stackexchange creating weird usernames for me and grouping them with my account, it appears to be a known issue, and emailed the stackexchange team... which leads me to my ...
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2answers
929 views

Godaddy - folder with password protection

Godaddy windows shared hosting on IIS6, but will probably migrate to IIS7 soon. Is there easy way to setup folder with password protection, so when I try to access secure folder, login dialog pops ...
6
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3answers
380 views

Using two salts for user authentication?

When storing user credentials in a database, we all know that hashing the password is the bare minimum you should do, but salting it before hashing is better. The salt should be randomly generated, ...
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3answers
539 views

Does SSL really matter for most websites?

I've been pretty paranoid about learning to "do security right" for this site I'm building (first non-trivial site I've made), and I've noticed something that bothers me: SSL. I've read plenty of ...
5
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2answers
417 views

HTTP for one part of the site, HTTPS for other

We have a site which is HTTP, but it has an admin part. How can we secure the admin part with HTTPS? For example, WordPress (which I know) is located at http://foo.com, but we want to have ...
5
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2answers
2k views

How can I secure an installation of MediaWiki?

I want to run an installation of MediaWiki as a Internet-accessible personal wiki, running on wiki.mysite.com. However, I want to ensure that I am the only one who can read and write to this wiki. In ...
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2answers
3k views

How to use cookies in a secure manner to authenticate users?

In most cases I like using cookies to remember returning users to my websites. In my early/foolish days, I would store a UserID (auto-increment integer) in a cookie and if the user returned I would ...