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Embed User Id and Password in URL

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It is possible to specify a username and password in a URL. For instance, when you specify an ftp: URL, your browser automatically logs in as user "anonymous" to the ftp server being connected to. You can specify a different username to use with the following syntax:
ftp://userid@hostname/
Assuming a password is required, your browser will then prompt you for one. It is even possible to put a password in a URL:
ftp://userid:password@hostname/
or
http://userid:password@hostname/
This is unadvisable for several reasons. The URL being opened may be determinable by other users on the same machine on which you are browsing (as from a command line). The URL retrieved from the remote machine may be logged in some non-secure place on the remote machine. Your browser history would then also contain a copy of your password.

Microsoft is disabling support in Internet Explorer for this kind of information inclusion in HTTP and HTTPS protocol URLs. KB article 834489


Article ID:   W17612
Filename:   Embed User Id and Password in URL.txt
File Created: 2017:07:28:13:58:45
Last Updated: 2009:04:30:09:01:22