How URL Authorization Increases Web Server Security

by Deb Shinder
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening windows server security

Web sites are set up for many different purposes. A popular use of the web (especially on intranets) is to allow a group of people to access information they need to do their jobs, quickly and easily via a standard interface (the web browser) from any location (office, home, on the road). However, this information is often proprietary or sensitive, and you don’t want just anyone to be able to access it just because it’s on the web server. That’s where URL authorization comes in. In these cases, we need a mechanism for controlling who can or can’t gain access to a particular web page or site. There are several ways to do this – for instance, by setting password protection on the page. The problem with this solution is that if an unauthorized person discovers (or guesses) the password, he/she will be able to access the page. A more secure way to control access is to tie it to the user’s account in the domain and/or role in the organization. Windows Server 2003 gives you a way to do t...