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General question about Sessions being sticky and closing properly

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Hey PHP Gurus,
I have some complex scripts that work fine. I have a system where sessions are validated on every
page of my application to keep them secure. Everything runs fine when I test and code things. But I
am also fanatical about updating the browser for security patches and remove all spyware, virues
etc.. But some of my clients are not that savy and that leads me to my first question.

Occasionally I have a client complain that when they are filling in a long form by the time they get
to submit they've lost their session connection and are forced to log in again and start over.

I can maintain a session connection for a long time and can't figure out why some people get booted
off and some don't. it's randon can't find a pattern. I suspect it has something to do with browser
refresh or popups or whatever... Anyway I'm looking for ideas how to maintain or increase
"stickyness" with sessions?

Second question. When clients use my application I do provide links they can use to "log out" but
what happens to sessions when they just close the browser without logging out first? The system
seems to operate fine, but should I be concerned or not? Is there some method to clear away old
session data when the browser is just shut down without the client loggin off correctly, or should I
just not worry about it ?

Thanks for your help.
Jul 17 '05 #1
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