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Web Auth Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the Dartmouth Web Authentication System?

The Dartmouth Web Authentication system (nicknamed WebAuth) is a central framework for web-based applications to authenticate users. By providing a foundation for all web applications to use, a consistent user experience and security level can be achieved.

What Browsers Does Dartmouth's Web Authentication System Support?

The Dartmouth Web Authentication system supports most current Web browsers, including Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

To use the WebAuth system, your browser must be configured to accept cookies. While most browsers have cookies enabled by default, it is possible for a user to turn this off. Dartmouth recommends that the default security settings for cookies be maintained; rejecting all cookies is not necessary for a safe browsing experience and will cause many Web sites to fail.

What Are the Symptoms of a Browser That Is Set to Reject Cookies?

The symptoms of a browser that doesn't accept cookies and can't access restricted pages are an inability to log into WebAuth, or a redirect to the WebAuth server for re-authentication on every page request.

How Can I Authenticate to Dartmouth's Web Authentication System?

The Dartmouth Web Authentication system allows authentication using your NetID and password on a Web form.

How Can I Use Dartmouth's Web Authentication System with My Application or Website?

As of April 4, 2017, .htaccess files used to control access to a website will need to be in the format <[email protected]> rather than <[email protected]>.

If you have any questions not covered by the above topics, please contact your department's IT support office, the IT Service Desk (Help Desk) at 603-646-2999 or send email to [email protected].

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If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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