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Identifying a web user without authentication

  • 21 December 2018
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@IvanMuniz asks:

I have a question regarding mixpanel.register_once. How does Mixpanel identify a web user without authentication? IP?


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Best answer by michael 21 December 2018, 18:29

Hi @IvanMuniz,

We manage identities with a property called distinct_id, and our client side SDKs will manage this for you by default.

In our JS SDK specifically, we use a random and unique 54-60 character hash that is stored in a cookie, rather than use an IP for security purposes.

You can read more about that here.

Hope this helps!

-Michael



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Hi @IvanMuniz,

We manage identities with a property called distinct_id, and our client side SDKs will manage this for you by default.

In our JS SDK specifically, we use a random and unique 54-60 character hash that is stored in a cookie, rather than use an IP for security purposes.

You can read more about that here.

Hope this helps!

-Michael


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