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Simple Authentication with Rails 3.1

If you need a simple authentication, for example some views that only one person should have access to, you might consider:

http_basic_authenticate_with :name => "username", :password => "pass"

provided by Rails 3.1, it’s a way to protect some pages that only a select few may need access to. Just place that in your controller.
To limit the actions this applies to, you can add :only or :except such as:

http_basic_authenticate_with :name => "username", :password => "pass", :except => :index

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