New Findings: The Wrong Image Format Measurably Hurts the User Experience

Faster load times correlate with improved business metrics (ranging from page views to revenues). With images comprising more than half of a typical page’s weight, it only makes sense that optimizing images so that they render more quickly in the user’s browser should be a priority for every site owner.

Selecting the best image rendering format is the first step on the path toward fully optimized images, but even this first step is fraught with debate. At the core of the debate is this seemingly simple question: Should we use baseline or progressive images? If you’re not a web designer or developer, you might find yourself wondering if this is really a crucial question. But if you are a designer or developer, you’re aware that this question has major ramifications in terms of creating the best possible user experience.

At Radware, our latest research – released today — explores this important user experience issue and yields answers that are supported by real data.

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My Takeaways from This Year’s AT&T Cyber Security Conference

Last week, I was invited to speak at the 16th annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference in NYC where over the span of two days, speakers kept the audience immersed with engaging topics.  Surrounded by security executives, I learned that we all share similar concerns.  There were resounding messages that resonated with me that I’d like to share as my key takeaways from the event.

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Beyond Free Calls — Protecting Your Business from Phone System Fraud

Denial of Service (DoS) has reigned as the most headline-grabbing network attack over the past three years.  However, the truth is that attacks come in all different flavors ranging from Distributed DoS (DDoS) to low-volume application-layer attacks that target user credentials, financial information, trade secrets, or abuse of services to commit fraud.  At the application layer we most often think of HTTP, however, there are almost an immeasurable number of Layer 7 applications available for exploit.

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Every Political Action Causes a Cyber Reaction

Just as Newton’s Third Law of motion states “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” a similar notion can be applied to the recent news of financial organizations being hacked.

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Improving Customer Value with Collaborative Design

One challenge all business leaders have in common is the expectation to customize products and services for their largest customers.  Reflecting on several collaborative designs with my most demanding customers, I recognized a benefit in the process that was not obvious from the beginning — mutually beneficial relationships have gone beyond good support and competitive pricing.  Providing extensibility of solutions allowing customers to differentiate services has become necessary as framework consolidation and service velocity increases.

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Why Do So Many Ecommerce Sites Make the Same Three Usability Mistakes?

If you work on an ecommerce site, you don’t need me to tell you that building and maintaining an online retail presence is fraught with challenges. Web pages are more dynamic and more complex than ever. And at the other end of the equation, shoppers have ever-increasing expectations for better prices, richer content, and faster experiences.

Meeting these demands isn’t always easy, which is why, when we conducted our latest quarterly research into the performance of the top 500 retail websites, we weren’t completely surprised to learn that many of the top retailers are making the same set of design decisions that ultimately hurt web performance. The good news is that these mistakes represent excellent “low-hanging fruit” opportunities to optimize their pages.

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A Mid-Year Recap: 2014 Network Security Predictions We Saw Coming

Several months ago, following an in-depth analysis of attack methods and defense techniques, the Radware Emergency Response Team (ERT), developed a set of network security predictions that the industry could face this coming year. Let’s take a look at their forecast and see where we stand now.

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REPORT: State of the Union for Ecommerce Page Speed & Web Performance [Summer 2014]

Here at Radware, our latest research into the performance and page composition of top retail sites finds that the year-over-year trend toward bigger pages that take longer to load has continued. The median top 100 ecommerce page takes 6.2 seconds to render its primary content, 10.7 seconds to fully load, and weighs in at 1677 KB. The result? The median page takes 27% longer to begin rendering than it did just one year ago.

Keep reading to find out how to mitigate the impact of “page bloat” and deliver the best possible user experience to online customers.

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