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Re: Re: Re: Detect logon ID from Browser

by davis (Vicar)
on May 16, 2002 at 08:39 UTC ( [id://166952] : note . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Detect logon ID from Browser
in thread Detect logon ID from Browser

Hi,
I was recently in a similar position to you - needing an authentication system to be used in an internal intranet, and I really didn't like the idea of a password system - after all, we're a small friendly company, where everybody knows everybody else, and we can all be trusted, right?
Your users, like mine, probably can be trusted, but I think that authentication is about more than just trust.

I ended up building a system based on Apache::AuthCookie that required passwords and usernames, which works pretty damn well. To my surprise, there was not a murmer of complaint from the users - in fact the authentication has proved to be useful by providing accountability: "Ah, Fred moved this frobulator last Tuesday, I'll go talk to him"
Basically, authentication systems can be well worth the effort, and a password-based system doesn't have to be that hard to use, so I'd advise thinking about whether the standard username/password combo would really be that much of a problem.
This is total and utter opinion, so feel free to ignore my ramblings :-)
cheers.
davis
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