Application Security Terminology

Glossary

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Login Page

A login page is a web page or an entry page to a websitethat requires user identification and authentication, regularly performed by entering a username and password combination. Loginsmay provide access to an entire site or part of a website. Logging in not only provides site access for the user, but also allows the website to track user actions and behavior. Logging off a webpage or site may be manual by the user or they can occur automatically when certain conditions (such as closing the page, turning off the computer, a long time delay, etc.) occur.

 Some websites use cookies to track users during their logged in sessions. Generally, these cookies will turn off when the user logs out. Those cookies that are automatically deactivated and deleted from the user’s computer are called session-only cookies. Protective measures that delete and invalidate associations between a user’s handle and the session help assure users that logins can happen from any location, including public computers.