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Developers, don't DDoS your own apps

Software engineers can avoid launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against their own programs with proper capacity planning and app architecture

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XSS flaw on Wix leaves the door open to worms

A researcher found a cross-site scripting flaw in Wix templates that a worm could have used to infect all Wix-hosted sites, but couldn't find a way to report the vulnerability

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Joomla websites attacked en masse using recently patched exploits

Attackers hack into Joomla websites by exploiting two account creation flaws

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How to make a SharePoint site multilingual

Translation is not a detail you add to a SharePoint site after deployment, especially because the tools that SharePoint provides can be tricky to use

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Yahoo Mail suspends automatic mail forwarding as privacy controversies swirl

After two major controversies Yahoo turns off automatic email forwarding

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Firefox to follow Chrome’s lead on Flash, PDFs

The company is working with Google Chromium projects for PDF and Flash capabilities in order to modernize its Firefox browser

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Google dev tools beef up Content Security Policy defenses

Cross-site scripting attacks are all-too-common and Content Security Policy on most websites provide no security protection. Google's CSP Evaluator and CSP Mitigator tools address the configuration mistakes.

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Review: Office 365's Delve, Sway, and Planner fall flat

Microsoft's latest productivity tools have a few compelling features but integrate poorly with Office

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Bossie Awards 2016: The best open source application development tools

InfoWorld's top picks among the tools and frameworks for building web apps, mobile apps, and apps for data analysis and machine learning

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Adobe patches critical vulnerability in ColdFusion application server

The flaw can be exploited to expose sensitive information

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Mozilla launches free website security scanning service

Observatory tool checks not for code vulnerabilities but for server configuration options and security mechanisms

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Google readies next-gen RPC protocol to replace JSON

Google's gRPC aims to oust JSON for exchanging data between HTTP-connected services

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Nginx web server upgrade focuses on web security, JavaScript configuration

Nginx Plus Release 10 adds a web app firewall, IP transparency, and support for the nginScript configuration and control language

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Google nixes Flash, embraces HTML5 in Chrome browser

Starting with December's Chrome 55 release, the browser will use HTML5 as its default instead of Flash

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Review: 13 primo Python web frameworks

Python programmers have many excellent options for creating web apps and APIs; Django, Weppy, Bottle, and Flask lead the way

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Facebook open-sources tools for fast React app creation in JavaScript

The social giant's newest open source offering provides a rapid way to set up the prerequisites for building React apps in a complex JavaScript environment

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Ubuntu forum breach traced to neglected plugin

The popular vBulletin forum software was current, but administrators had forgotten to update an add-on

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Persistent XSS flaws patched in multiple WordPress plugins

In addition to the All-in-One SEO plugin, WordPress administrators should update others that also have a cross-site scripting flaw

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