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    I have had a request from our Chair of Governors to set up a secure area on the school website where information for the Governing Body can be posted.

    I am currently researching this project and am seeking suggestions of what we can achieve within the realms of our basic LEA hosting, bearing in mind that we have simple access for PHP and ASP scripting (on request) but no access to a database server.

    Ideally, we would like to have an authenticated username and password for each governor, but in the absence of being able to do this, a single password to access the area would suffice.

    If anyone has any suggestions for this, I'd be really grateful to hear them!

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Is it Apache and are you allowed to use .htaccess and .htpasswd?

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Is it Apache and are you allowed to use .htaccess and .htpasswd?
    Beat me to it

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    I've done it on my school website, and it's very easy!
    this may help!

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    No luck with .htaccess unfortunately - it looked like exactly what we wanted, but it doesn't work. I guess the server doesn't support it.

    It is a server provided by the LEA so I don't know what type of server it is, nor do I have any sort of access to it other than a standard FTP connection to our area of it.

    Looks like it's going to have to be one of those unpleasant JavaScript type jobs on the page itself

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    By secure are do you mean SSL or just clear text password 'protection'?

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Using Javascript is very insecure, all people have to do is disable it in the browser. Atleast use something server side - here's a basic PHP example.

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    It is a server provided by the LEA so I don't know what type of server it is
    If you post the url, I can find out.

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    @Geoff: You have PM

    @NetworkGeezer: I think SSL is probably over kill really, but it needs some protection. There would be meeting minutes, agendas, contact details etc. on there. So we're not talking National Security, but it needs a bit of protection.

    @webman: I know what you mean about JavaScript, but it seems we can't do much with the servers

    Cheers guys,

    Chris

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Could you not just contact your LEA and ask em for the facility?

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    You have PM
    Win2k, IIS 5.0.

    Yuk.

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    I have to agree with Geoff. Yuk. Or as our students say all the time... 'That's so gay!'

    Looks like you'll need to talk to the server operators, good luck with that.

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    That's if Geoff hasn't already rooted it and installed LAMP

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkGeezer
    That's if Geoff hasn't already rooted it and installed LAMP
    It wouldn't surprise me if an IIS security 'feature' allowed that 8)

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    Re: 'Secure' area on basic website

    Thanks for all your help, guys.

    I've had to give in and contact the LEA/ISP support people and they have something in hand they can do for us. Not as simple as I'd have liked, but there we go!

    Sadly, it's all got to be done through them without much control from this end, but it's not negotiable.

    Cheers,
    Chris.

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