section.io Website Performance and Security Blog

Cross-site request forgery and caching



As summarised by OWASP, Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) is “an attack that forces an end user to execute unwanted actions on a web application in which they’re currently authenticated”.

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My section.io anniversary



As at today I’ve been working with section.io for two years. When I joined the company it provided a fully-managed service to its clients. For many this was the ideal arrangement: by leaving web performance to the people with the skills and the tools our customers were free to focus on building new features.

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3rd party JavaScripts and impact on page load speed



3rd party JavaScripts can be great. Scripts such as conversion trackers like Google Analytics are great for the marketing team and management. There are scripts out there that conduct AB testing, such as Optimizely. Other scripts help users navigate the site such as auto complete input for search bars, or promoting pages via social networking like Facebook or Pinterest.

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Should a Product Manager have Page Load Time as a KPI?



As a digital product manager, a key responsibility is to prioritize engineering projects based on business metrics or Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These KPIs are typically conversion or engagement related, such as activation rate, monthly active users, or new paying customers. A product manager can then prioritize projects based on a cost-benefit analysis - ie. the project’s impact to these KPIs vs the project’s level of effort required.

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Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches



At the beginning of 2015 my family realised that living in Sydney, even out in Western Sydney as we were, wasn’t working for us. Too much stress, too much traffic & not enough space. I had been working from home for over a year at that point. My wife & I had talked about getting out of Dodge for years, and we decided that if we didn’t want to regret never trying it we had to do it now.

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PageSpeed Insight scores vs real world performance



One of the current go-to tools for people when trying to make their sites fast is Google’s PageSpeed Insights.

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Turning Off 100,000+ CDN POPs



What does it look like to turn off 100,000+ CDN PoPs?

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How caching fails



A highly effective website cache is optimised to store and share every possible response that only contains information relevant to all users, whilst ensuring that responses containing user-specific data are only ever served to the correct user.

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Moving an Australian tech company to the US



Nearly 12 months ago our company started the journey to move our company’s head office to the US. This post is to provide a quick outline on some of the key items we have tackled along the way. I hope it helps other Aussie companies find their way to a broader market if it makes as much sense for them as it has for section.io.

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Techstars - Was it Worth It?



We are 24 hours away from the end of 13 weeks, on the 10th birthday, of Boulder’s Techstars program. Demo day is tomorrow. Demo day is the culmination of 13 weeks of company acceleration on the Techstars program.

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