Don't Feel Insecure! How Performance Testers Can Help Protect and Secure IT
Have you heard all the buzz about the latest security breach at the Office
of Personnel Management? It has caused many government workers a lot of
stress - and with good reason. The personal information of more than 21
million people is now in the hands of hackers. If you've worked for the
government, or had a government background check in the last 15 years, you've
probably been affected.
It's a big deal, yet also just the latest in a string of high-profile
identity theft cases. Remember the Target fiasco from December 2013? It was
the largest retail hack in history, affecting a whopping110 million people.
They only just reached a settlement to create a $10 million fund for hacking
victims. This all goes to show that, while security technology continues to
improve, so do hackers. It's been ... (more)
"You've got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the
technology." -Steve Jobs
"Websites that are hard to use frustrate customers, forfeit revenue and erode
brands." -Forrester Research
"The only way to find out if a site works [with users] is to test it." -Steve
We make web and mobile apps so that we can interact with our customers and
users. So it's no wonder that one of the most important things you can do
when you are building your site is to actually test it out with those users
and make sure it works well.
We call this User Acceptance Testing (... (more)
You may have heard the phrase, "You've got to fake it till you make it."
Not with load testing.
Performance testing is one of the most important things you can do when
building a web or mobile app, and it's only becoming more vital as the
expectations of users are going up. People demand access to anything,
anywhere, anytime, and they'll switch to a competitive solution if the app
they're trying to use is slow or clunky.
Performance is critical to the success of your web and mobile apps - and will
be for a long time in the future. It's not a matter of if you have to do it.
It's ... (more)
A number of years ago, I went on a long trip to Europe. I didn't need to
bring much - just some good walking shoes, my backpack, and a map to get
around. Still, I had to do my homework before stepping out the door. I needed
to know where I was going, what I wanted to see, and I had to polish up on my
people skills to figure out what to do in every new place I encountered. A
lot of preparation went into that trip, and it was worth it!
Traveling is very different today, thanks of course to the smartphone. These
little devices haven't just affected what you bring on a trip - they've ... (more)
It seems like Facebook is always up to something new. Well, they did
something interesting from an application performance perspective a few weeks
ago. On June 4, 2015, they announced a new version of their mobile app for
Android called Facebook Lite. This app was designed to deliver a lightweight
version of the Facebook experience to regions of the world where Internet
access isn't as powerful. With nearly 1.5 billion users, Facebook is proving
itself valuable in so many different ways all the time. To reach their users
in parts of Asia and Africa where high-speed Internet acces... (more)