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ASP.NET MVC 1.0 Quickly by Maarten Balliauw

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Membership, authentication, and authorization

In the early days of the Internet, most web sites were public spaces, having information available for all users. Nowadays, most web sites offer an authentication mechanism that allows users to store private information and use members-only site features.

Authentication is the mechanism whereby a user is securely identified by a system. It provides the answer to a simple question: who is this user? Authorization is another mechanism, which is tightly coupled to authentication. Authorization is about determining the level of access for a particular user—can this user access this page? Can this user add a new client?

The ASP.NET framework provides several features for handling authentication and authorization. ...

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