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Coming back to this, I've been waylaid by other projects (vehicle restoration) and classes. I had temporarily put this project on hold, but I'm ready to jump back into this.

Both of you make valid points, and I'd love to gain the experience of doing this, but something that allows ease of use and setup will be best in this scenario.

Again, the idea is to make it seem "exclusive" to customers who are given the "passcode" to access the rest of the site. If someone happens to find a way around it, kudos to them, and I'd love to learn a thing or two from them. That said, I don't want someone to be able to just circumvent that access page simply by typing in a sub-page URL (i.e., www.example.com/about.html, or some other common sub-page like /contact.html, etc.)

I appreciate the points raised by both of you, almost to the point where I wish we could actually sit down in person and really dig into this; fascinating indeed. As someone who's getting more and more into the security field (moving beyond web-design, computer building, etc.), I really want to learn this sort of authentication and access control, starting with the most rudimentary and working my way up. I have to admit, as a current college student and Computer Scientist, I've found that I've learned more on my own and from others than I have from the collegiate educational environment (makes me wonder just what I'm actually paying for, when I had a lot of previous exposure to what I'm to be "learning" working closely with someone in the DoD when I was a DoDDS high school student on a military installation in Germany). But I digress at how unhappy I am with the higher education system in this country. But hey, knowing how to draw smileys in Java is what people are after, right? rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by VaiFanatic View Post

Coming back to this, I've been waylaid by other projects (vehicle restoration) and classes. I had temporarily put this project on hold, but I'm ready to jump back into this.

Both of you make valid points, and I'd love to gain the experience of doing this, but something that allows ease of use and setup will be best in this scenario.

Again, the idea is to make it seem "exclusive" to customers who are given the "passcode" to access the rest of the site. If someone happens to find a way around it, kudos to them, and I'd love to learn a thing or two from them. That said, I don't want someone to be able to just circumvent that access page simply by typing in a sub-page URL (i.e., www.example.com/about.html, or some other common sub-page like /contact.html, etc.)

I appreciate the points raised by both of you, almost to the point where I wish we could actually sit down in person and really dig into this; fascinating indeed. As someone who's getting more and more into the security field (moving beyond web-design, computer building, etc.), I really want to learn this sort of authentication and access control, starting with the most rudimentary and working my way up. I have to admit, as a current college student and Computer Scientist, I've found that I've learned more on my own and from others than I have from the collegiate educational environment (makes me wonder just what I'm actually paying for, when I had a lot of previous exposure to what I'm to be "learning" working closely with someone in the DoD when I was a DoDDS high school student on a military installation in Germany). But I digress at how unhappy I am with the higher education system in this country. But hey, knowing how to draw smileys in Java is what people are after, right? rolleyes.gif

You're paying for a piece of paper employers expect you to have. I've met very few fresh-out-of-college CS students who could do anything non-trivial. Those can are those who step beyond their courses and start doing things for themselves.

If you want to do the reading on security, read all the owasp docs and google the things they don't explain. I'd start here.
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You're paying for a piece of paper employers expect you to have. I've met very few fresh-out-of-college CS students who could do anything non-trivial. Those can are those who step beyond their courses and start doing things for themselves.

I've been saying since before I even began going to school! It's incredible how brainwashed the younger generation has become by society, which has engineered standards to get another body into a cubical to accomplish little with nothing to show for it.

Going beyond my courses is all I can do to actually learn something, and accomplish something I can feel proud of. Most of peers struggle with even the most basic CS-related tasks.

Thankfully, I intend to remain self-employed through my own company; the degrees are just extra "wasta" as they say in the Middle East.

I appreciate the link and will give a read!
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