Connecting with consumers via social media is a very attractive
proposition for many businesses. Facebook and other social applications
provide a cost effective way to convey a message to a wide audience very
quickly. Unfortunately, as many companies have found out to their cost,
when things go wrong the problem spreads to the audience just as quickly
as the message you’d hoped to share.
The rapid development process commonly used to produce social media applications increases the risk that developers will make errors.
The errors will often result in security issues, and potentially the disclosure of private information shared with the application by consumers.
The wide audience these applications enjoy means that they are an attractive target for hackers who aim to harvest information such as
email addresses and other Personally Identifiable Information (PII). If a successful attack on your application is discovered then news of this will
spread through the social network just as quickly as the message you’d originally intended.
Westpoint’s social media testing services aim to rapidly assess applications to prevent this kind of nightmare scenario.
Facebook Application Testing
Facebook applications are exceedingly popular and quick to develop. They excel at engaging users easily and encouraging them to readily share their personal information.
However, our experience of testing hundreds of Facebook applications shows they pay very little attention to ensuring sensitive user data is appropriately protected. 97% of Facebook applications tested were found to have security issues; 30% had high risk issues.
To ensure your Facebook applications are secure take a Facebook Application Test performed by one of our qualified security testers. A test of a typical Facebook application can take as little as half a day to complete. Isn’t the security of your customers’ personal data worth that?
97% of Facebook applications tested were found to have security issues
30% of these had high risk issues
To discuss Facebook Application Testing in more detail please contact us
YouTube Application Testing
YouTube provides facilities for brand channels to embed ‘Gadgets’ such as custom tabs into the YouTube website. These gadgets are similar to Facebook applications and can be affected by similar security issues. YouTube’s guidelines require that ‘the gadget must be secured against common security issues such as authentication/authorisation problems, SQL injection, XSS, CSRF, clickjacking, XSSI etc.’.
Westpoint’s YouTube application testing service provides an easy way to gain assurance that your gadget will be safe. Remember that Google reserve the right to perform security inspection and assessment at any time and will suspend your gadget if it is found to place users at risk.
To discuss YouTube Application Testing in more detail please contact us
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