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Web Application Security Tips

Your website may be fortified against hackers and other security threats, but even the strongest walls have vulnerabilities that can be exploited by those with the knowledge and motivation to break into them. That’s why it’s crucial for businesses to understand the threats that exist for web applications and some of the most vital techniques and tips for fighting them. This is especially critical for smaller businesses, which may not have the time to think about protecting their web applications from attacks. Because a cyberattack can be devastating for any business, web application security should be at the top of every company’s priority list.

There are numerous ways hackers and other types of cybercriminals can exploit weaknesses in web applications. These cyberattacks can include denial of service, which puts a web application out of commission; exfiltration, which involves the loss of customers’ sensitive information; or code injection, which can lead to a hacker gaining complete control over an application. In every situation, these types of cyberattacks can lead to serious consequences for a small business, including but not limited to lost business and lost trust from customers. Small businesses that want to avoid these catastrophic situations must understand the threats and how to combat them.

For example, an insecure direct object reference attack involves an authorized user changing a parameter value to access a resource he or she should not have been able to access. Malicious users can exploit this type of attack to steal or abuse data and functionality that they should not have been permitted to use. Protecting your small business from these types of attacks can involve using drop-down menus to limit users to a list of authorized resources. Because, it eliminates the possibility of users changing parameter values. This can be highly effective in preventing this particular type of attack.

The following guide contains information about many of the most common types of web application attacks and how small businesses can guard themselves against them. Follow this advice, and you can better ensure that the walls around your website will be as strong as possible.

Web Application Security Tips from tCell

Author bio: Boris Chen is Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of tCell. He has more than 20 years of industry experience building high-performance web infrastructure and data technology. Before co-founding tCell, Chen spent five years at Splunk as VP of Engineering, from startup through IPO, where he helped drive Splunk’s petabyte-scale deployments and integration with Hadoop. Prior to joining Splunk, Chen was Director of Engineering at LucidEra, an early “Business Intelligence as a Service” innovator. At BEA Systems, where he was part of the original WebLogic acquisition, he led engineering teams working on the JRockit Java Virtual Machine, EAI and message bus products. Chen holds a B.S. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley.  


(from Sam) P.S: This is a guest post, courtesy of tCell. “Guest” is not “Sponsored” and while the content is theirs, I selected and approved it as it covers a topic offering added value to businesses. As such, I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to feature this guest post here.

Capture of a Google search about battery dying

Battery dying fast iPhone… Enters Huawei

Let’s talk smartphones, battery life and Huawei Mate 10. I actually started this post thinking that I would just make the most of a recent post I send to the interwebs sea in a social media bottle. However, since the SEO Gods and Google may night really like the fact that I would copy-paste not only the content but also the title, I set out on a – launch Google, type search – journey to find the perfect title for this post.

The topic of this article ? Smartphone batteries. The problem? Dying. The search? “Battery dying”. The results? To be seen in the headline picture and title 😉

Enters Huawei. You know? That technology company powering the telecommunications networks on a worldwide scale, that company that started selling phones and consumer technology at scale only a few years ago and is now holding a strong 3rd place, worldwide, when it comes to selling smartphones. And has its sights set not only on Apple, the number 2, but also the top spot still (miraculously?) held by Samsung.

Beyond the trade war bullshit (pardon my French) of the USA currently on a “China is spying” rampage that not any other civilised country is backing, Huawei are thriving and just recently launched the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro which are proving next level when it comes to smartphone quality, UX and camera quality.

Babbling aside, this piece aims at, simply, publishing an infographic these guys recently put together for the lazy me, featuring the outcomes and results of my trying out their battery challenge. In a few words, try to drain your smartphone’s battery, if you can!

Bummer, I failed. Success, I worked for 16 hours on my phone without a charge nor the need for one.

Enough talk now – Shut up, would ya! – let the figures do the talking. Feast your eyes on the experience and quality of the battery on the Huawei Mate 10:

Infographic Samuel Pavin data on Huawei Mate 10 battery challenge