Chapter 2. Logging In

Table of Contents

Why Login?
How To Login
Session Exclusions

Why Login?

WACS is designed to house content that isn't suitable for everyone to see, so there's a login procedure to *try* to make sure that only those people who should see it get to. This is done via the usual mechanism of giving a username and password, normally those that are used on the host server itself. By default, WACS will offer service to any authenticated user of the host web server system but it's possible to quickly and easily exclude certain accounts through the main wacs configuration file. Alternatively WACS can grant access based on user account details held within the WACS database itself, a more common arrangement on commercial web sites. It is also possible to grant permanent access to specific computers on your network, in which case those computers will be able to access WACS immediately without having to login first.


We've tried to provide the necessary security tools and make them work right, but don't blame us if someone in your household gets to see something they shouldn't - it's your content not ours, after all! Do also remember that protecting the Wacs system is no use if people can easily look at the disc files where the content is stored, and that the welcome page and documentation will give some clues as to the nature of the material it contains.

Unless your computer has been given Carte Blanche access to your local Wacs server, you can choose to login from the Wacs welcome page, or you can simply attempt to access any of the normal Wacs menu pages and you'll be asked to login first. Once you have logged in, you should be forwarded to whatever page you originally asked for.


If you're nervous about access rights and security, do take the time to read the sections on security in the configuration manual. Although primarily aimed at those administrating WACS servers, the information given there should give some idea of the options available to you.

It might also be advisable to consider whether you should be using your web browser's cache-less mode where browsing history and icon caches are not used. This is known as Private Browsing on Firefox and can be found on the Tools Menu. Essentially the same thing is known as Incognito browsing on Google Chrome and appears on the spanner menu on the right hand side of the URL toolbar.