It is undeniable that Web services and AJAX-ified interfaces are the trend now. Application that utilizes internet to retrieve data (such as mobile application or other thin client) uses web services alongside with its data format. AJAX-ified interface and website gives a modern and edgy look can make websites more attractive and can create great impression to the users.
However the issue of the web application security would still remain the same, if not more challenging, since there are so many ways to exploit the vulnerability of websites that utilizes Web Services and AJAX transfers on the background.
Therefore, it is imperative to use the right technique in order to evaluate the security of these services before deploying them out in the open.
For that matter, now I’m currently reading Ajax Security (Hoffman,B. & Sullivan, B.) and Securing Ajax applications (Wells, C.) which in my opinion is a pretty good start for somebody like me to understand common methods for securing web services and websites which uses AJAX heavily.
Hopefully the situation would improved as there are a lot of campaigns around to raise the state of awareness of web application security.
So how secure is your password? You can test it from this website : http://howsecureismypassword.net/
Warning: Do not use your real password for testing on this website, it is not secured!
I stumbled upon this while surfing the website.
You got to see it for yourself, http://telescopictext.com/
Being a relatively newcomer with Desktop + Web apps application, I tried to experiment with Mozilla Prism in a newly installed Ubuntu Hardy on my sister’s laptop.
At first glance, Mozilla Prism really hits the spot. as it allows seamless integration of various web application within your computer. Prism made it easier for me to access various web application from my desktop with relative ease, as if they were local applications.
Screenshots of Prism in action
Prism enhances web experience greatly by integrating web application into desktop environment.
How to Install Prism
From desktop, go to System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager, and search prism. Install “prism” package together with its associated web application (called “bundles”)
Facebook and Google Groups Integrated inside Applications Menu
Finally after spending some precious time procrastinating, I finally upgraded my blog to WordPress 2.5. New features that I immediately found helpful are :
- Multiple file upload
- Clean interface design
- Administrative panel loads faster
- Easier for me to load up media files (video, audio, photos)
This could mean that I’ll be posting more regularly. Btw, sorry for the hiatus, I’ll be updating this blog more regularly after this.