How exactly does authentication work in a website like Basecamp
, or more generally, a site built on Rails or LAMP. When I sign-up, I enter a username and password. I presume this is stored in a database table. But after that, how does the server know who I am during the course of my 'visits' and how does the SQL database know what I have access to ( only my projects ) and what I don't have access to ( Other peoples projects)? Where do cookies, if at all, come into play. If cookies do come into play, can they not simply be forged? I am completely clueless regarding the subtleties of authentication, user sessions, and security. Please enlighten me.
posted by kaizen
on Apr 27, 2007 -
Should US DOJ I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms (and associated copies of ID) for employees of Company A transfer from Company A to company B if Company B buys Company A?
Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by de void
on Feb 6, 2007 -
I've always been a late-blooming underachiever. Is it time to get off my butt and get out of my lousy part-time job, or should I keep my lousy part-time job because it gives me time to work on my book (I'm writing a novel)? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut
on Dec 15, 2006 -
How can the identity of a web page creator be discovered?I have a problem with a local web page that is letting out sensitive cave locations and I want to try to contact the owner and let them know and perhaps inform/convince them to remove the problem.
posted by plumberonkarst
on Oct 21, 2006 -
Am I being lied to? I am receiving threatening/harassing emails from several yahoo accounts, but the person/people involved all have IP addresses that trace to a single university. The university has an IT Security Officer who tells me that he's done everything he could to track the IPs (they are all different but from the same institution) and he can't pin them to a single computer or person. I do not necessarily believe him. I have looked at other questions and answers
, but would like to know what you think. I should mention that a login and password is used to access the network at this institution, even for the wireless network.
posted by anonymous
on Oct 11, 2006 -
How do you clear your name of criminal charges after identity theft? And how could these charges have been incurred? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke
on Aug 29, 2006 -
Why should I be held responsible for companies "losing" my personal information? Don't you think that if they were responsible for it, there would be alot less identity theft? [more inside]
posted by TheDude
on Jun 6, 2006 -
CitiBank has just released a new round of their humorous identity theft ads for May, 2006. You know them instantly by the mismatched video and voices. Here are the original ads
from 2004. I've Googled using all possible tags with no success to see who might have them posted for download. Thanks for the hunt!
posted by thebarron
on May 19, 2006 -
Ordering smokes online..
My SO was going to use my bank account to order smokes online, no credit cards accepted. [more inside]
posted by raildr
on Apr 13, 2006 -
So, the Achilles' heel of Social Networking is the 'What Now' Issue. Once you've listed all your friends publicly, which doesn't solve any problems you had in the first place, you're pretty much left hanging. Ideas about getting around this problem in building a social networking app? [more inside]
posted by Firas
on Apr 4, 2006 -
Money is difficult. I'm familiar with Your Money or Your Life
, "pay yourself first", Quicken, The Tightwad Gazette
, etc. but my money problems seem to be intertwined with a lot of relationship stuff that is hard to unravel. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Is providing 'identifying documentation' to someone to earn Thawte 'Trust Points' asking for identity theft, or am I just paranoid? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep
on Jan 3, 2006 -
Song from a commercial Identity filter.
Who are the rappers, and what is the song, on the verizon broadband commercial? The one where the woman in her kitchen and the guy in his tub are in the middle of a concert.. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten
on Dec 3, 2005 -
I've been dating a wonderful guy for a month or so and have slowly come to the realization that while he has had relationships with women in the past, his social circle definitely views him as gay. I know each situation is unique, and I'm just going to have to keep the lines of communication open and see where this goes, but I'd like to hear what people's experience has been in other situations like this.
posted by anonymous
on Jul 25, 2005 -
Identity theft filter: A friend who has only been in the country for a year got a phone call yesterday saying he won a big prize, but they need info to process it. They had his name, phone#... he gave up his address, DOB and last 4 digits of SS#. What can he do to prevent identity theft at this point? [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc
on Jun 19, 2005 -
My mind is a total blank and I can't think of theorists that explainined ideas of identity and how identity is constructed, if anyone knows and owuld like to share I would be eternally grateful!
posted by bluehermit
on Apr 9, 2005 -
I believe this
is one of those PayPal lookalike steal all your personal info pages. What are the steps one goes through to report something like this? And to whom? [more inside]
posted by banished
on Apr 1, 2004 -
, I'm wondering what other logos out there currently sport crowns? I googled, but came up with random results for folks selling tiaras.
posted by silusGROK
on Mar 23, 2004 -