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URL randomisation?

Thread began 3/20/2009 1:40 am by vanroojdotcom | Last modified 3/20/2009 1:40 am by vanroojdotcom | 1736 views | 0 replies


URL randomisation?

Hi there

I'm embarking on yet another webassist-based website. Previously it's been a single-user admin, so the URL products_results.php?prodID=2 works great.

Now I'm creating a franchise site for individual users to log in and change their home-page so I want a long, randomised url (like what you see in ebay) so that it's not obvious for others to enter different numbers etc...


The '2' at the beginning is the real ID this will make sure that whatever method is used each one will be unique.

I've been thinking about:

• Creating a column in the database which creates a 20 digit random number to use as the identifyer + the real id to guarantee none are the same,
• to use the randomized password column,
• to build in a nonsense bit of letters and numbers of the actual file itself.
• to hide the ID in the middle of two made up column numbers e.g (echo [col1] echo [userID] echo [col2]) so it would look like "qwerty2poiuy" and "qwert3poiuy"

Anybody know of the 'correct' way to do it or even to mask the userID= altogether?

Many thanks

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