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Safeguard your code: 17 security tips for developers

Peter Wayner | Feb. 5, 2013
Rigorous input testing, passwords, encryption -- security is a feature no programmer can afford to overlook.

Investing some time and money in books is often an incredibly cheap way to get knowledge from some of the most highly paid consultants. A book that costs $200 or $300 may seem outrageously expensive, but not when the consultant also charges $500 an hour and insists on a 20-hour minimum.

Secure programming tip No. 17: Educate yourself

You can enroll in a local university or try one of the new free courses online. These are different ways of learning the information that often hasn't been distilled and put in book form. The professors are usually following the latest publications in academic conferences, and they likely include copious footnotes and pointers. Even if you know much of the information already, auditing a course helps you keep current with the latest discoveries and publications.


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