Monthly Archives: August 2015

WEB SECURITY & MOBILE APP SECURITY TESTING BY (ETHICAL) HACKERS

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Do you hate nightmares? If you do, then please continue reading it as you are possibly one of the target audience for security testing services. Typically, many start-ups or organizations do not test their software for security. Most of the times organizations are only bothered about functional aspects, while; usability & accessibility are used as add-ons (UK and US customers).  Long ago, there were very few hackers in 90s however, nowadays we have handful of them who always want to breach the security for whatsoever reasons. Irrespective of any reason, as an organization it is important to safeguard the sensitive data.

At TestInsane, we thrive for excellence in security testing and we have hand-picked ethical hackers from the industry across India. We are mix of tool-assisted and brain-assisted ethical hackers who are always in hunt for security vulnerabilities. We accept the fact that, there cannot be fool-proof secured applications, but better tested applications where we make a better effort in building a wall against the hacks from unethical hackers.

Security Testing

Security Testing

Here is a questionnaire for you to decide if you need security testing services,

  • Can you afford to lose your customers?
  • Can you afford to lose to your competitors?
  • Can you afford to have down-time?
  • Can you afford to have bad reputation via social media?
  • Can you afford to get sued?
  • Can you afford to pay hefty amount for hosting for non genuine usage? (Cash overflow attack)
  • Can you afford to go out of business based on critical vulnerabilities?
  • Can you afford to face the questions by media?
  • Can you afford to face lawsuit?
  • Can you afford to have negative propaganda about your company / brand?
  • Do you care for the privacy of your customers data?

If the majority answers were “NO”, then you are eligible to get your software tested for security.

Many businesses know to make business, but at times fail to maintain the business and incur a bigger loss. One aspect where your business can go haywire is when your software is not tested for security.

Our customers have been happy with our security testing services for web and mobile both. Here is one of the testimonial from our customer and it goes like this,

iMentor is a non-profit organization based in New York City. It builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. In other words, iMentor is an organization with a mission to improve the lives of young students, and in the fall of 2014, Test Insane helped iMentor fulfill that mission.

I first spoke with Santhosh and Karthik via Skype and knew right away that they would be our amazing new security team for the web app at iMentor. This web app runs the mentorship program for 10,000 mentors and mentees across the US, and it must be a secure environment for them. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible. These guys were hungry for the project and even described themselves as “lions before the feast”! We began immediately and had no trouble integrating their work into the work of the broader web app team at iMentor.

In particular, I appreciated the desire of Santhosh and Karthik to go beyond the boundaries of the security project and improve the iMentor web app in any way possible. They found bugs in its functionality, made suggestions about its UI, and gave insight into their experiences as new users. All of this passion and expertise coalesced into a solid month of work with a prioritized list of security issues, recommendations for their resolutions, and the aforementioned improvements.

We’re thrilled to make Test Insane our security team and were impressed with the wide range of skills Santhosh and Karthik offered beyond security. Thanks so much from iMentor!

Ben Robinson, Product Manager

Does this convince you? If it doesn’t then we can discuss about how we can make this happen & rock together! Write to me at st@testinsane.com

 

It’s another World War – but with Bugs!

Test Insane Technologies Private Ltd. is hosting its much awaited event War with Bugs on October 10th 2015. The month long event open globally is a platform for budding software testers and a challenge for established ones to explore the nitty-gritty of Exploratory Software Testing.

Headquartered in Bengaluru, India, Test Insane Technologies was founded in the year 2014 by renowned software tester Santhosh Tuppad. War with Bugs which happens to be the brain child of this extremely passionate software tester and his team of equally fanatic testers is as they call it a way to give back to the industry and in the process come in contact with testers, not just locally but even globally, who share the same zeal and obsession for what Test Insane does. Deeming himself a proud bragger and eagerly waiting for War with Bugs to commence, Santhosh said, “We wouldn’t deny this being a part of building our brand but at the same time War with Bugs is a way for us to know how much testers out there love exploring and innovating. We’ve already received around 1,000 registrations from numerous testers and are really looking forward to the launch date of the competition.”

Software testers registered to participate in the competition will have to test the software(s) provided to them at the beginning of the competition and will be judged on the ideas they come up with to report as well as fix the bug in that software. Also, testers will be appreciated if they showcase their bug reporting, bug advocacy, risk analysis reporting skills while they report bugs in our platform. The one tester whose exploratory and adventurous testing skills are the most enthralling will win cash prize of 1500 USD. “Having just one winner makes the competition tougher but at the end of the day it’s all about how kick-ass you are,” added Santhosh.

Winner of numerous testing platforms himself, Santhosh Tuppad believes that hard challenges bring out the best in anyone. “Many such competitions organized in the sector seem redundant and there’s no takeaway from them. Through War with Bugs we not only want to challenge testers but also motivate and encourage them to strive harder,” he says.

Registrations for War with Bugs are ongoing and to enroll for the same, simply log on to https://testinsane.com/warwithbugs/

So mark your calendars for an entire month starting October 10th 2015, for Test Insane brings you the height of insanity in Exploratory Software Testing. This war is one that you want to be part of!

A thousand words are not enough… ~ Deepika Burli

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Deepika Burli is hired by TestInsane to help us with anything related to content-writing which includes Press Releases, Blogging, Drafting stories of team members and more. Here is her experience that she shares in her own writing style. I personally loved the way she writes. Enjoy reading!


Trying to kill time after your undergrad, taking a break to realize your options and trying to do stuff that would just keep you occupied can actually work. At least it did for me. I never had a clue that writing content for just one company would open doors to meeting and writing for people (firms) who would change the way you perceive so many things!

About a month after I started writing content for a friend’s start up, I received a mail from Santhosh Tuppad. I didn’t gather much from the term Exploratory Software Testing, but I did gather this much that he wanted me to write about it, about his company Test Insane and probably other stuff. My first expression was “How the fuck am I supposed to write about anything related to software?” My friend sitting next to me at that time said “If it’s knocking your door, then just cock-up and take it. You’ll anyway learn in the process.”

Deepika Burli - The Content Ninja!

Deepika Burli – The Content Ninja!

Honestly, I thank my stars that I always listen to her, for I found myself sitting in front of Santhosh for about 2 and a half hours at Matteo, talking about everything else but software. That was when I knew I’d be an idiot to not try this out!

Exactly a week later, I landed up in this small, endearing workplace in Jayanagar (a place I’ve never braved exploring before… but by now I was convinced that there’s always a first time!). “So this is where brainiacs decode the world of bugs” was the only ignorant thought running through my mind while I shook hands with Sales Daddy Srinivas “Srini” Bharadwaj (I call him that ‘coz he loves his job and he loves being a dad) and Insane tester Sandeep Hiremath, who brags about doing the most fortunate thing by joining Test Insane.

While having a rather long and chatty conversation with them we were joined by Sandeep Tuppad, another obsessive tester and a passionate traveler (a cyclist and mountaineer to be specific). Although it took him a cup of tea to actually open up his Pandora’s box – a silent player’s always the one with crazy ideas!

While in conversation with Pranav KS probably the youngest in the team, I realized that this company doesn’t work on the basis of how experienced one is but on the basis of how passionate one is, to learn, explore and improve. Pranav, without doubt is a rockstar in the making.

While I didn’t have much of a conversation with the VP of Test Insane, Karthik Kini (again, a very silent player), I did find a connection with his hometown and fell in love with his idea of establishing the same organization back there only because of the serenity one can work with in a place as tranquil as Udupi!

I’ve been told there’s another member whom I unfortunately couldn’t meet, Ajay S Menon. He’s been bragged about by his team mates to be a star creative head at Test Insane, who works from anywhere he likes.

Finally, coming to the man himself, Santhosh Tuppad can hold the most uncommon conversations which end up making sense all the time. He eased me into the ideology of his entire establishment, his victories, his career history that he has learnt a lot from and more than anything, his outlook about everything big or small defines not just him but also the company he so fondly founded.

When asked for an interview as a new member (although on a freelance basis) of Test Insane, I thought it would be fitting to pour my first impression of the company out as a blog post. For a little about me, I’m a Graduate with a degree in Journalism and a passion for writing which still needs a lot of improvisation! I’m on a short break from everything related to studies to just explore stuff (like meeting insane, crazy testers ;-)) that I probably wouldn’t have if I’d been sitting in a classroom right now.

So here I am, enjoying writing every word of this insanely huge post (sorry for that) leaving no page unturned in expressing how delighted I am to join Test Insane as their Content Writer.

Being creative is not just about colors or decoration

We welcome Ajay S Menon as our Creative Head who would be responsible for our social media fan pages creatives, our magazine ads, our comics and stories & much more! He brings in a lot of value with respect to creative designs and we as a TestInsane always love to rock our work in world-class fashion. That’s why at times we call ourselves as Computer Engineers with Diversity across various skill-set which adds value to our start-up to progress efficiently.

Ajay S Menon - Creative Head Of TestInsane

Ajay S Menon – Creative Head Of TestInsane

Without much ado, we wanted to interview him and publish the story here in our blog.

#1 Ajay, please share your story in your own words about “How you felt when you spoke to TestInsane about the work and how do you feel today?” Did you make a great decision back then to work with TestInsane?
I was referred to Santhosh Tuppad by someone else in my contacts. I went in with good set of mind  to TestInsane office even though it was an IT company (I mention about “though” keyword because I used to believe corporate clients who are in services industry are boring with creative designs). Most of the corporate clients require normal creatives and I unfortunately don’t like to do such creatives and therefore had mixed feelingsin terms of working with TestInsane. Nevertheless, once I communicated with Santhosh Tuppad; I realized that he needs out of the box creatives and is bored to death when he looks at boring ones like other corporate companies do.

After listening to his ideas and suggestions on the type of creatives he needed, I got enthusiasm to work along with him. Its been a year now and its hard for me to believe that time just flew by with such cool work and happiness. Personally, I am happy with 90% of work and 10% was noise due to whatsoever reasons and I take that blame on myself 😉

#2 How do you feel about “Culture” aspect of TestInsane?
Enthusiastic, Fun, Innovative, Motivational and Rocking People. Period!

#3 Where do you want to take your creative skills in the coming near future or long term?
I want to try something new always and have been doing that over a year and will keep continue doing it. Santhosh Tuppad has given me a platform to take my creatives to next creative level.

#4 Do you get bored or excited when Santhosh Tuppad speaks to you about the work? How do you feel. Would love to listen to elaborated details!
Yes, I get really HIGH as he gives me enough freedom in developing creatives. To him its all about freedom and that’s the cool part & a reason for me to work with him. We both are insane in that way!

#5 Would you always love to work with TestInsane which will help TestInsane to go to the newer heights in terms of happiness?
YES, YES & YES! As long as he believes that my work is awesome, I will be proud to be working for TestInsane as Creative Head. Anyways, when they go bad he would surely pump in energy into me to do awesome again. In that way, there is no way we would discontinue to work.

#6 What do you think is missing in most of the corporate companies with respect to creative designs? Does it seem boring to you? If yes, why?
Most of the companies hire creative designers and don’t want them to be creative J That’s unfortunate! Yes, I have less knowledge & experience and I might be wrong. Nevertheless I have faced problems during my work with the companies in my past and also even at the companies where I attended interview.

Ajay says, “I ain’t a puppet. I’m a designer who wants to make this dreadful world beautiful with my creative.”

I (Santhosh Tuppad) would like to thank Ajay S Menon for his services to Test Insane and we are expanding our business with him in terms of creative work. He just rocks and I feel great to work with him. I am proud.