Use Digest authentication to offer authentication that is significantly more secure than Basic authentication. Digest authentication is also supported by all modern browsers, and works through proxy and firewall servers.

To use Digest authentication successfully, you must first disable Anonymous authentication. The first request that all browsers send to a server is for anonymous access to server content. If you do not disable Anonymous authentication, users can anonymously access all the content on your server, including restricted content.

UI Element List

The following tables describe the UI elements that are available on the feature page and in the Actions pane.

Feature Page Elements

Element Name Description

Digest Authentication

Select to manage Digest authentication.

Actions Pane Elements

Element Name Description


Turns on Digest authentication.


Turns off Digest authentication.


Opens the Edit Digest Authentication Settings dialog box where you can set the realm against which the credentials should be authenticated. You can perform this action only when you select Digest Authentication from the list on the feature page.

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