Login Assistant is a simple and extremely lightweight login/redirection component for Joomla 2.5 - 3.0 that makes logging in to your site as easy as just following a link, but still secure because both username and password (may be left blank) encoded into this link are also encrypted.
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Download previous version Login Assistant for Joomla 2.5 - 3.0.
Login process is very important for every website that has content or functions that should not be availiable to unregistered users. As a general rule passwords should never be exposed in clear form in emails, instant messages or as a part of a web link.
But there are cases when this rule may be relaxed. First of all, depending on the security policy of your website, users that login may be assigned to different user groups with different priviledges. This is evidently not the same if a logged in user may view your company's confidential information or create/edit content of your web, or if the only thing he is authorized to do is to leave a comment on your site or to view his support ticket progress online. Another scenario: you have prepared a summary information page for your client and would like to email him a link to that page. With login assistant your client does not need to remember his username and password, even more - after login he will be redirected to the target page automatically!
The login assistant may be implemented as a separate component, as a special controller in your component's MVC structure or as a special task in an existing controller (last 2 options require some additional logic to generate compatible links).
The solution presented here is a standalone component and includes a backend utility that generates the links compatible with Login Assistant, thus being the easiest way for a site administrator to implement login assistance functionality.
Version 1.1 allows links generation with no user selected. This mode does not provide login assistance and can be used as a custom redirect-after-login tool. The same link can be sent to a group of users and each of them will be redirected to the target URL after successful login.
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