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Favicons can help give your web applications the personal touch. If you save it as an image resource in your application and Anonymous access is Reader or above, there is no problem. However, if Anonymous is No Access, the favicon will not show, even for authenticated users. For some reason the favicon is accessed using Anonymous access. So if Anonymous should have no access, you need to allow Anonymous to Read Public Documents and tick "Available to Public Access users" on the Security image resource. This is the same whether your favicon is referenced in specific XPages or in the application theme.
If you want to make your favicon application-wide, you can include it in a theme with the following code:
Paul Withers is a Domino Developer at Intec Systems Ltd. The original post of this and other tips / observations / tutorials are available at the Intec Blog