On Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 02:19, Jason Carson<ja...@jasoncarson.ca> wrote:
> ok, I have two sets of scripts here. One uses setcookie() for logging into
> the admin panel and the other uses session_start(). Both are working fine,
> is one more secure than the other?

    $_COOKIE data is written to a file that is readable/writeable and
stored on the user's side of things.  $_SESSION data is written to the
server, with a cookie stored on the user's side containing just the
PHPSESSID (session ID) string to identify the session file on the

    So determining which is better and/or more secure is really a
matter of the data held there and how it's handled.  If storing things
like usernames or you absolutely want to store personal data in an
active session, do so in $_SESSION.  If you're storing a password or
credit card number in the active session, you may as well do it in
$_COOKIE, because you're already using an insecure model.  ;-P

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