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ASP.NET Developer's JumpStart by Ken Getz, Paul D. Sheriff

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Forms-Based Authentication

Authentication refers to the process of identifying who a user is and whether he has rights to enter your system. How you authenticate a user is completely up to you: You can ask a user for his e-mail address and a password that you have assigned to him. You can ask him for a user ID and password, or you might ask him for his first name, last name, and Social Security number. It all depends on what type of site you are asking the user to log in to and what information is most relevant to you and to the user.

Authenticating users can be done in one of several ways, including the following:

  • Windows authentication. Windows authentication allows you to use Basic or Digest security, or any of the built-in techniques Windows ...

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