“This Site Is Secure”

There is a widespread awareness that security is an issue for web applications. Consult the FAQ page of a typical application, and you will be reassured that it is in fact secure. Most applications state that they are secure because they use SSL. For example: This site is absolutely secure. It has been designed to […]

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Web Application Security

As with any new class of technology, web applications have brought with them a new range of security vulnerabilities. The set of most commonly encountered defects has evolved somewhat over time. New attacks have been conceived that were not considered when existing applications were developed. Some problems have become less prevalent as awareness of them […]

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Benefits of Web Applications

It is not difficult to see why web applications have enjoyed such a dramatic rise to prominence. Several technical factors have worked alongside the obvious commercial incentives to drive the revolution that has occurred in how we use the Internet: HTTP, the core communications protocol used to access the World Wide Web, is lightweight and […]

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Common Web Application Functions

Web applications have been created to perform practically every useful function you could possibly implement online. Here are some web application functions that have risen to prominence in recent years: Shopping (Amazon) Social networking (Facebook) Banking (Citibank) Web search (Google) Auctions (eBay) Gambling (Betfair) Web logs (Blogger) Web mail (Gmail) Interactive information (Wikipedia) Applications that […]

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The Evolution of Web Applications

In the early days of the Internet, the World Wide Web consisted only of web sites. These were essentially information repositories containing static docu ments. Web browsers were invented as a means of retrieving and displaying those documents, as shown in Figure 1-1. The fl ow of interesting information was one-way, from server to browser. […]

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Web Application (In) security

There is no doubt that web application security is a current and newsworthy subject. For all concerned, the stakes are high: for businesses that derive increas ing revenue from Internet commerce, for users who trust web applications with sensitive information, and for criminals who can make big money by stealing payment details or compromising bank […]

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