Anonymous Internet and intranet access

When you set up anonymous access, Internet and intranet clients can access servers without identifying themselves. IBM® Domino® does not record these clients' database activity -- for example, in the log file and in the User Activity dialog box.

With anonymous access, you never know who is accessing databases on the server. Therefore, you cannot use the client's identity -- that is, the client's name and password -- to control access to databases and design elements. Use anonymous access when you do not need to know who is accessing the database and/or when you do not need to control access based on client identity.

You can use anonymous access with TCP/IP and/or SSL on any server that runs LDAP, HTTP, SMTP, or IIOP. For each Internet protocol enabled on the server, you can specify the method of security. For example, you can enable SSL for HTTP connections, but require name-and-password authentication for LDAP connections that use TCP/IP.

In addition to using anonymous access, you can enable name-and-password authentication and SSL client authentication. Then users can use any authentication method to connect to the server. For example, if the user has an SSL client certificate, the user can access the server using SSL; whereas a user who does not have an SSL client certificate can access the server anonymously.