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Ben Nadel at Scotch On The Rocks (SOTR) 2011 (Edinburgh) with: James Allen
Ben Nadel at Scotch On The Rocks (SOTR) 2011 (Edinburgh) with: James Allen ( @CFJamesAllen )

Tobe Goldfinger With An Excellent Debugging Tip

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I email site errors to myself so that I can see what is going wrong on the server in "real time." I can't speak for anyone else, but I basically dump out my FORM and CGI scopes (among other objects) into an email attachment and send it on over to my inbox. I never gave it much thought. At the NY ColdFusion User's Group last week, Tobe Goldfinger brought up an excellent tip about this: make sure NOT to send credit card information via email. Imagine your site blows up during a checkout process and you dump out the FORM containing a user's CC info and email it without any sort of security. That information is now open to anyone who knows how to grab it. You can either remove the CC info before emailing it, or I suppose encrypt it before sending it out. Thanks Tobe!

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