Why Would You Want To “Fuzz” Your Web Browser?

In the world of computer security there are a lot of techniques that are tried to stay ahead of the bad guys. Some are more useful than others but you have to be able to do what you can to survive the attacks against you and your users. Cyber security is a real problem and it does not seem to be going away any time soon.

The real problem with these attacks is that you never know how someone is going to attack you until they do. The field is always changing and you may be too late to stop an attack that is underway. The ways that the bad guys are able to attack you truly seem random. That is why Fuzz testing software seems to have become more popular over the years.

While being controversial when it was first introduced, Fuzz testing seems to be part of the normal security process now. When you are fuzz testing you are sending a ton of data to the software that is truly random. A lot of the data that you are sending does not make any sense at all. You do this because you are never sure what kind of data that the end user is going to put in the software application. So you try your best to duplicate what the user is going to do. This technique is not only useful when it comes to security testing on software, but it is also useful as a normal software testing technique as well. It helps eliminate normal bugs in the software as well security holes.

There is a tool out there that will allow you to be able to create Fuzzing test for your browser. This tool is known as Grindr and it is new on the scene but it seems very promising. Now some people might think why do you need to be able to fuzz test your browser? If you think about it, there is no piece of software that is going to receive more random information than the browser on your desktop. This is especially true when people are searching online. So this tool is useful for many different reasons. A company can use this tool to determine which browser is safer to use in their enterprise. Or added to speed test, a tool like this can be used as another metric for browsers.

Fuzz testing seems to be the way of the future and we will see more of it over time. As long as users are putting in random information Fuzzing will be useful.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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