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Password protect Public User
Hi folks, I got the following request from a client (a network o Museums and Heritage Sites in the UK).

There were a number of questions from Museum/Heritage sites about security, which is an issue we have chatted about in the past, because if someone has the link to the database's url, they can access information, and tamper with it. While this is not ideal, the bigger issue is that people are often putting their personal email addresses and phone numbers into the system. I know that to have a full login for each site is not possible without paying for it monthly, which is outside of our budget. But is there anything you can do to password protect these unique url pages? Very much like WordPress has a simple 'private' mode you can activate for certain pages, where it isn't a login as there is no username and account setup, it is just that the content is behind a password.

Any suggestions on how to achieve this? Could the public user dashboard display a password prompt that when entered correctly gives access to the viewable data? Any neater solutions than that??
Thanks for any ideas. Luison

Luison Lassala
Date Created
1/26/2023 3:42:31 AM
Date Updated
1/26/2023 5:03:43 AM
basenine 1/26/2023 3:57:05 AM
Two things you might try
First, you can lock down a public user to view only via role settings
Second, you could implement the Wordpress password protected page (independent of TD) and embed the database inside an iFrame.
Luison Lassala 1/26/2023 4:26:57 AM
Thanks for your quick reply, Brett. Two comments:
- what do you mean by "lock down" a public sure? I know how to restrict View/Modify/Delete access using Roles, and we have assigned a very restrictive Role to the public user share. But I don't know what you mean by "lock down" the user. Could you explain?
- the WordPress idea is good, but the problem is that each site (Musem/Heritage) have their own website with different platforms (WP, Wix, etc) - so a passworded page would need to be created for each site. But it might be a solution if the first option is not what they are looking for.
basenine 1/26/2023 5:03:43 AM
In regards to lockdown, I was referring to role access.
You stated people could tamper with data in your original post so I figured you may have left “allow modify” access open for them.
Yes, with multiple platforms, you’ll need to manage each site separately.
That wasn’t really clear in your first post but I see your point about the logistics.
Even with a password protected page in Wordpress, you’ll need to create, store and manage a list of users.
How about trying the “external users pack” option?
$198 US per month with unlimited users access
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