Authentication is commonly understood as the act of asserting a user's or entity's identity, although in the wider sense it can refer to asserting the truthfulness of any kind of claim. Authentication, like encryption, is a major component in implementing computer security.

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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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Permissions for serving up temporary files

I have a system (web based application) which pulls file attachments from a 3rd party system via SOAP. These are in turn on our system created as files in a directory. When a user of the system (...
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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 ...
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How do I setup authentication on a specific folder using .htaccess?

I have a folder that I want to host files privately on my webserver. How do I go about making it password protected using .htaccess? Note: Nothing monolithic, I want something that is simple/easy so ...
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htaccess and htpasswd trouble

This is the first time that I have ever tried working with .htpasswd and .htaccess files, so please point out my childish works. I have my apache document root set to /www/ on my debian server. ...
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Should I support facebook login or openid login?

What are the pros and cons of each? Does it make any sense supporting both? Which is easier for users/to implement?