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Thread began 6/10/2011 12:31 am by jen425288 | Last modified 6/18/2011 11:42 am by jen425288 | 2742 views | 26 replies

tom92909Beta Tester

Let me explain how I do this, as I have never used a recipe for that.

Let's say that I have a user that has successfully logged in and they have limited access to their account. As a new user, I don't offer them the ability to change their password until they prove that they are who they say they are (Authenticate their account).

I have added a show region for the change password function only if the account has been authenticated. I have a query that looks at the logged in user account to see if the validated field has a '0' or a '1'. IF '0' the user is encouraged to validate their account. IF '1' then the user has the ability to change their password.

The process that I have in place to do the validation of the account is to create an email message with a link to a validate_account.php page that also includes some additional information that I pass in the link.

I send a user ID along with a session ID in that link. This is done by creating the link exactly like a GET would. Once the link hits the server, I then take those bits of information and I compare them to what is stored in the account record. I also match the IP address from the form submission to the validation process. If all of them match, I update the user account to indicate that the validation has been found to be true.

It works well.

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