Earlier today, I had an employee click on a link to Jira and they were able to create a profile with site access on my instance of Jira. Until today, I was under the impression that unless I invite a particular email address to join Jira, these links were useless to other people. I currently have groups and permissions set up to where these "rouge" users cannot access any of my projects, but I am concerned about the licenses they take up. If 100 users click this link and follow the prompt to create a profile, I will be above my number of available licenses. How do I prevent this?
I'm quoting the documentation here because that sounds like the invitation URLs available in cloud:
You can share the Invite URLs with your teammates, allowing them to quickly sign up to a specific product. This is useful if you’d like to get a team on-boarded quickly, without having to go though the invitation process.
To send a URL to someone, select the checkbox for either product and copy the URL. After 30 days, the URL expires and a new URL regenerates. Or you can regenerate or turn them off them at any time, rendering the old URL invalid.
So the solution is in the quote as well. Does this answer your question already? :)
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