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Security for Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Michael James Bond, Ed Robinson

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Securing Web Services

The principles of securing Web services are exactly the same as securing Web sites, with the exception that Web services do not provide a user interface. Instead of returning HTML to the client, they return XML. Exactly what security features you need to implement depends on the nature of your Web service. Is it a public Web service returning public data to anonymous users? Is it a private Web service returning information only to subscribers? Here are some common design considerations for securing Web services:

  • Access. Is your Web service available to an intranet, extranet, or the Internet? Do you need to restrict who can access the Web service based on where they are located? You can restrict what computers or domains can ...

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