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FAQ: How can Web applications in ASP.NET be secured?

Question

How can Web applications in ASP.NET be secured?

Answer

Web applications in ASP.NET are typically secured in one of two ways, Windows authentication and Forms authentication. Each method stores users differently and involves a different approach for logins.

Windows authentication

  • Users are operating system users on the local Windows server or on a domain. Roles are Windows groups.
  • Users log into the Web application using a non-customizable pop-up login dialog box.
  • For instructions, see the Microsoft article: How To: Use Windows Authentication in ASP.NET 2.0.

Forms authentication