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    Users saving longer forms to complete at a later date

    Asked by DPCREATE on October 17, 2015 at 06:48 AM



    I need my forms to be completed by user sat their leisure,  how can this be enabled on the forms? 


    how/where is this data stored?   is this data securely held?  are users at risk of loosing the form the started to fill in?


    do they need a user login to retrieve their form?



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    Answered by Charlie on October 17, 2015 at 01:02 PM


    If you have a long form and  you want your users to save the progress and complete it on a later date, then you can follow either one of the methods below:

    Method 1: You can use the Auto Fill feature, here's a guide: http://www.jotform.com/help/227-How-to-Enable-Auto-Fill-Feature 

    Method 2: Your users can save the progress on the form by using a session ID, here's a guide: http://www.jotform.com/help/97-How-to-Save-Forms-to-Continue-Later? 


    I personally recommend method 2, this will allow your users to continue filling out the form on any browser and computer as long as they have the session link. I believe the session will be saved in our server temporary, when the user submits the form the session will be cleared. Compare to method 1, the progress on the form will be saved on the browser's storage and auto fills the form.

    I hope that helps.

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    Answered by DPCREATE on October 17, 2015 at 05:23 PM

    Hi Thanks for that,  i think session id is the method i'm looking for,but isn't it insecure,  as anybody could view the form as long as they have the session id.  or worse manipulate it, surely jotform is a target if known to be relying on email as a session id for the protection of form data.  should session ids not be randomly generated so they can't be guessed or manipulated.





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    Answered by jonathan on October 17, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Hi Darren,

    You can actually use also a combination of field ID and Submission ID# in the session link. It will be more secure this way.

    You can check the solution suggested by our colleague Mike_T on this similar discussion thread.

    It might be not safe to use the title field data on your session links. User can enter anything and there is a chance that the session link will not be properly formatted.

    Your session link is:


    I would like to recommend you to try something like this:


    The {id} is referring to the unique submission ID, so that you will get unique and safe session links.


    Hope this help. Let us know how we can be of further assistance.