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authentication
authorization
biometrics
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The process of identifying an individual, usually based on a username and password. In security systems, authentication is distinct from authorization , which is the process of giving individuals access to system objects based on their identity. Authentication merely ensures that the individual is who he or she claims to be, but says nothing about the access rights of the individual.



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  Mosaic user authentication tutorial
Surveys the current methods in NCSA Mosaic and NCSA HTTPd for restricting access to documents and provides set-up and use of these methods.

  NCSA HTTPd tutorials
Contains links to several tutorials that focus on security-related, CGI and virtual hosting aspects of server set-up.

  Network Security Buyer's Guide
Provides information about network security, utilities and virus protection. Offers a searchable database of products, links to vendor sites, and a library of white papers, press releases, and product presentations. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

  RFC 2069
Request for Comments paper on Digest Access Authentication. Updated on Aug 5, 1998

  Yahoo!'s user authentication page
Yahoo!'s directory of user authentication. Updated on Aug 4, 1998

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