I hadn’t noticed it before, but ASP.NET provides a really simple way to encrypt your cookies. Cryptography is a field best left to the experts, but for simple encryption purposes this method is perfectly adequate.

First off, you will need to add an entry to your machine/web.config:

	validation="SHA1" decryption="AES" />

You can then encrypt/decrypt as follows:

// encryption
var ticket = new FormsAuthenticationTicket(2, "", DateTime.Now, DateTime.Now.AddMinutes(10), false, "mycookievalue");
var encryptedData = FormsAuthentication.Encrypt(ticket);

// decryption
string myValue = FormsAuthentication.Decrypt(encryptedData).UserData.ToString();