Before WebCopy tries to access a resource, it will try and get a set of credentials matching the resource URL. If you have defined such credentials, then these will be passed to the request.

However, if you are analyzing or copying a website and a 401 (Unauthorized) response is returned, WebCopy will do the following:

  • If the Do not prompt for passwords setting is set, WebCopy will ignore the URL and continue with the scan
  • If the Do not prompt for passwords setting is not set, WebCopy will prompt for a user name and password, then attempt to retry the URL until either authentication is successful, or the user cancels the password prompt

When WebCopy prompts for a password during a crawl, you can optionally cancel further prompting by clicking the Do not prompt for further passwords button.

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