Storing small amount of data in ViewState

Hello, I have a number which is incremented, which needs to be saved and retrieved at various times on postback. Which of the three would be the best method to store the  number/integer.

1. View State
2. A hidden variable on the page.
3. Session variable.

Or can someone rank the above above methods, in regards to which method is best.
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brgdotnetcontractorAsked:
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
"Best" is a subjective term. What does "best" mean to you?
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brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
Secure, Reliable etc...etc..
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Manoj PatilSr. Software EngineerCommented:
Hello,
Since the Session Variables are stored on Server side , you can store and retrieve the data easily.
The benefit of this is, you can use session on other pages too, if you want.
Just with the 2 lines of code.

To Store in Session Variable :
int number=10;
Session["Counter"]=number.ToString();


To retrieve from Session Variable :
if(Session["Counter"]!=null)
     number=Convert-ToInst32(Session["Counter"]);
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brgdotnetcontractorAuthor Commented:
Hi, I like Session, but sometimes the data will expire. What is your opinion of using ViewState instead?
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Manoj PatilSr. Software EngineerCommented:
You can use ViewState but if you want the value on other page, the easiest way is Session.
For session
you can increase the Timeout of Session in your configuration. So that's not the problem.
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