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Fuzz Testing

Friday, August 17th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Computer Terms

Fuzz Testing

Here’s a new term for you! It’s possible that some of you have heard of this before, but I’m guessing most of you don’t really know exactly what it means in reference to the computer world. So, I thought I would help you all out with that today and fill you in on what fuzz testing really is. Are you ready? Then let’s stop wasting time and get started!

Basically, “fuzz testing” (also known as fuzzing) is a technique that uses specialized software to put random data into programs to test their compatibility and functionality. If the program fails the test (it crashes, for example), the problems can then be taken down and fixed before the application is actually sold to the public. Fuzz testing also does a lot with checking for vulnerabilities in programs, which is a great feature. That way, we, as consumers, know we’re not buying a program that is filled with potential problems or something that may bring harm to our computers.

Fuzz testing is a great method, because its design is very simple to use and it comes with no misconceptions. It has been around since 1989 and it has been used on numerous occasions. I’m sure you all have purchased a “fuzz tested” program before as well! Several large software companies use fuzz testing, because it’s inexpensive and again, very easy to use. So, if you’ve never heard of this term before, you now know all about it. Isn’t that just the coolest?!

~ Erin

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