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    what is the purpose of long encrypted string in the URL when login HOTMAIL?

    When I login the hotmail, I got a 64 character long string as part of the URL and it changes each time I login. Also when I login in Yahoo email, there is a 13 character long random string generated. Can someone tell me what purpose they serve? Thanks.

    I am just wondering if it's better if I change the all the user IDs in my system from auto_increment to a encrypted 32 or 64 long string.
    Last edited by jfernandez; 07-07-2006 at 11:05 AM.

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    Without really thinking about it: Probably a session id

    Eric

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    That's what it sounds like. Probably has cookies disabled so that the session id ends up being passed around that way instead.

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    i thinks its two things, trhe session ID, and away of making the url look fancy and secure. Proberly mostly bull but hey

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    thanks for all the reponse.

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