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Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentication without a secure connection).

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I have a website through GoDaddy where I park files for retreival from students.  I have 1 student who is having an issue with her log in...Warning: This server is requesting that your username and password be sent in an insecure manner (basic authentication without a secure connection)..  Is this an error on her end or mine (setup of permissions)?

I am needing to help her solve this and I do not know if it is something I need to fix, she needs to fix, or both.
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This means that  your requests for login would be sent encrypted, they're in plaintext format so anyone with a network sniffer (like Wireshark) can see what you're requesting from the server.

This type of authentication is managed by the server itself, and the client can't change the type that it uses.

What this means for the end-user is that requests with a username and password can be eavesdropped on by malicious parties that have access to the intermediate networks between you and the server you're authenticating into.

If you're logging into a router at home, or the site's username and password info isn't particularly sensitive, this is nothing to get frightened about. However, this shouldn't be used for websites meant to be secured (like banking websites).

In your case, if your aren't sharing anything particularly sensitive information - its okay to use Basic authentication!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_access_authentication
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Thank you.  This is what I thought, but I needed it in plain terms as you have given me.

Thank you.
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