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WebSitePulse 2015 Valentine's Day Retail Performance Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Boyana Peeva in Performance Reports

Valentine's Day retail performance report infographic

St. Valentine’s Day is over and so is the monitoring of 7 of the most popular websites for Valentine’s gifts.

During the period from January 31st until February 16th we monitored 7 websites and reported their performance and availability daily. The idea behind was to see how they would handle the heavy traffic flow during the Valentine’s shopping fever.

Here’s what we found: 

Response time

Harryanddavid.com scored the lowest response time – 7.51 seconds. That means visitors didn’t wait long to load certain pages. Ftd.com had 25 seconds of response time on average. Since this was a little too high, it’s possible that some impatient visitors switched to a competitor. In fact, four of the monitored websites had high response time meaning they had difficulties handling the heavy traffic load. 

Availability 

As far the availability (uptime) is concerned, ftd.com was available almost the whole time – 99.98%. brookstone.com was up 99.97% of the time. The rest of the websites remained in the 99’s per cent availability, which is quite an achievement. 

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Security notification for CVE-2015-0235 (GHOST vulnerability)

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by Websitepulse in Industry News, WebSitePulse News, Tech

GHOST VulnerabilityA significant Linux vulnerability that allows remote code execution to Linux server(s) was announced late yesterday, named GHOST: CVE-2015-023. Full details of the vulnerability are available at www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2015/01/27/9. While the issue has been fixed as early as Mar 21, 2013 it was not marked as a security threat and as a result the patch was not backported to most of the stable and long-term-support distributions like RHEL, Centos, Ubuntu 12.04 etc which left them vulnerable.

Updates for CentOS are already available in the Updates repository so a simple "yum update" will install the required patches to mitigate this vulnerability.

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WebSitePulse 2014 Holiday Retail Performance and Uptime Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on January 20th, 2015 by Boyana Peeva in Performance Reports

Holiday Season retail websites availability and performance infographic

The 2014 Holiday Season is over and so is the shopping fever. The analytics company Retail Next noted a 4% rise in sales compared to last year due to a much stronger online purchasing.

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WebSitePulse 2014 Hurricane Season Web Performance and Uptime Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Boyana Peeva in Performance Reports

Hurricane Season 2014 alert websites availability and perfodmance

The 2014 hurricane season is over and according to Weather.com, it was “one of contrasts and paradoxes.”

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Security Notification for SSLv3 POODLE Vulnerability

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by Websitepulse in Industry News, WebSitePulse News

SSLv3 POODLE VulnerabilityAs you probably know, several news sources, corporations, and the OpenSSL team reported yesterday 14 October 2014 that version 3 of Secure Sockets Layer (SSLv3) is vulnerable at the protocol level. More information about the vulnerability can be found here -  CVE-2014-3566.

To prevent any potential leaks from this vulnerability, we have immediately disabled SSLv3 on all our web servers, including the API endpoints. Our monitoring agents are not affected by this change. They will continue to support SSLv3 for the time being to be able to monitor properly servers that do support SSLv3 only. We are urging all customers to disable SSLv3 on hosts interacting with our services as soon as possible and upgrade to use Transport Layer Service (TLS).

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