Set a secure PHP cookie for an encrypted connection

PHP Cookies and Sessions: Exercise-7 with Solution

Write a PHP script to set a secure cookie that can only be transmitted over an encrypted connection.

Sample Solution:

PHP Code :

$cookieName = "my_Cookie";
$cookieValue = "Example_cookie_value";
$expirationTime = time() + 3600; // current time + 1 hour
$secureOnly = true; // Set the cookie to be transmitted only over HTTPS

setcookie($cookieName, $cookieValue, $expirationTime, "/", "", $secureOnly, true);

echo "Secure cookie named 'my_Cookie' has been set.";

Sample Output:

Secure cookie named 'my_Cookie' has been set.


In the above exercise -

  • $cookieName: The cookie name, set to "myCookie".
  • $cookieValue: The cookie value, set to "example value".
  • $expirationTime: The cookie expiration time, calculated as the current time (time()) plus 1 hour (3600 seconds).
  • $secureOnly: A boolean variable set to true to indicate that the cookie should only be transmitted over an encrypted connection (HTTPS).

We then use the setcookie() function to set the cookie with the specified name, value, expiration time, and secure flag. In order to make the cookie accessible on the entire domain and its subdomains, the last two parameters are set to / and "".


Flowchart: Set a secure PHP cookie for an encrypted connection.

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