# What are the methods for sanitizing user inputs with PHP?

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Sanitizing of inputs is an interesting concept in PHP. Sanitizing means escaping the unauthorized characters in the input. Let's learn some best practices to process the inputs in a safe and secure way.

Use of real_escape_string() funnction in mysqli statements.

## Example

<?php
$conn= new mysqli("localhost", "root","","testdb");$street = $conn->real_escape_string($_POST['street']);
?>

we can use htmlentities() and html_entity_decode() while insert data in database and displaying in Browser.

## Example

<?php
$data['message'] = htmlentities($message);//at the time of insert in database
echo html_entity_decode($data['message']); //at the time of display in browser ?> Sanitize user-input when in Command Prompt by using escapeshellarg. ## Example − <?php system('ls '.escapeshellarg($data['dir']));?>
Published on 27-Jun-2019 18:44:59