This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Difference between cookies, session and tokens" by Valentin Despa

Understanding Cookies, Sessions, and Tokens: Explained in Simple Terms

TLDRCookies, sessions, and tokens are all methods of authentication and data storage used in web applications. Cookies are small pieces of data stored on the client-side, while sessions are stored on the server-side. Tokens, like JSON Web Tokens (JWT), are used for secure authentication and data exchange between multiple parties.

Key insights

🍪Cookies are small pieces of data stored on the client-side and can be used for authentication and data storage.

💻Sessions are stored on the server-side and are used to maintain user-specific data during a browsing session.

🔑Tokens, like JSON Web Tokens (JWT), are used for secure authentication and data exchange between multiple parties.

🌐Cookies and sessions are commonly used for web application authentication, while tokens are used in more complex scenarios with multiple parties involved.

📱Tokens are useful for mobile apps and other scenarios outside of traditional web browsers.

Q&A

What is the difference between cookies, sessions, and tokens?

Cookies are small pieces of data stored on the client-side, sessions are stored on the server-side, and tokens are used for secure authentication and data exchange between multiple parties.

How are cookies and sessions used for authentication?

Cookies and sessions can be used to track user sessions and authenticate users on web applications.

What are some common use cases for tokens?

Tokens, such as JSON Web Tokens (JWT), are commonly used for secure authentication and data exchange between multiple parties, such as granting access to user data from third-party apps.

Are cookies and tokens secure?

While cookies can be subject to security vulnerabilities, tokens provide a more secure method of authentication as they are cryptographically signed and can have a limited lifetime.

Can tokens be used outside of web browsers?

Yes, tokens can be used in various scenarios, including mobile apps, APIs, and other client-server interactions.

Timestamped Summary

00:01Cookies, sessions, and tokens are all methods of authentication and data storage used in web applications.

02:56Cookies are small pieces of data stored on the client-side and can be used for authentication and data storage.

05:55Sessions are stored on the server-side and are used to maintain user-specific data during a browsing session.

08:07Tokens, like JSON Web Tokens (JWT), are used for secure authentication and data exchange between multiple parties.

10:33Cookies and sessions are commonly used for web application authentication, while tokens are used in more complex scenarios with multiple parties involved.