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PHP simple encode/decode string

Hi
I need something similar to md5 that will encode a string such as

"This is a test"
to
“ce114e4501d2f4e2dcea3e17b546f339”

I want to pass the encoded string as a URL parameter, at the landing page I would like to convert it back to a string. I don’t want my site visitors to know what is being passed. Md5 would suit perfectly if there was a way to convert it back to a string.  Security for the string is not an issue.

Any help would be appreciated.
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sabecs
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hernst42Commented:
You could use uuencode and uudecode.
http://de3.php.net/manual/en/function.convert-uudecode.php
http://de3.php.net/manual/en/function.convert-uuencode.php

Or use sessions generate a random hash. store the has and the clear text calue in the session and when you get the hash back resolve it via session-lookup
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sabecsAuthor Commented:
Thanks hernst42,
Sorry I should have mentioned that I need a solution using PHP 4, uudecode is only available in PHP 5 which I don't have. Also, I am not sure if sessions will work as the url is coming from another website.
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richdiesalProfessorCommented:
I believe the easiest way would be to use mcrypt, although you will need to download and install it.
See http://www.php.net/mcrypt for details.
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hernst42Commented:
The uudecode and uuencode functions are available in PHP4 if you install the pear-package PHP_Compat. A very simple method is to use
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.base64-encode.php
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.base64-decode.php
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sabecsAuthor Commented:
Thanks hernst42 for your help.
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