Service and software for webmasters

Once your site has been approved for support, here’s what you need to know...

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Send us an email that includes the URLs on your site(s) that you wish to track, and the email addresses where you’d like to receive alerts. You may use PGP to encrypt your mail to us. [PGP key]

We’ll set up the monitoring and let you know when it’s active.

It’s all free and open source

Creative Commons attribution, noncommercial, share-alike licenseAll of our software is free open source software, licensed under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa license, and may be downloaded from github, where you may also fork the code and contribute additions or changes. And yes, our documentation is there too.

For external application

Fixed content: If your site is made up of static HTML pages and relatively-stable javascript files, those are the easiest for CyberSpark to check. The javascripts are the most likely targets for hackers, but any defacement of an HTML page would also be sensed by our system.

If your site contains PHP or Perl scripts or pages, they are also likely to be targets — so we should also monitor these dynamic pages.

If you have variable content, give us a URL that does not contain advertising or other “feeds” that change a lot—unless you are pretty sure that these are possible sources of malware, in which case, let us know more about the feeds.

For internal application

PHP sites: We have a PHP tripwire script/file that will examine your PHP files and can detect many hacks. You must install this script on your server. The the frequency of the script can be adjusted to keep its load very light. It can be run internally from command line or cron, or from an externally-available URL.

Databases: We also have another PHP script that can examine your database, looking for suspicious activities. The script is designed for WordPress sites, and can a be customized to suit other applications. See our code page.

Where can we notify you?

We can send your alerts to as many email destinations as you like, including mobile devices, and SMS/TXT through an email-to-SMS gateway. In the event of an attack on your site, you may receive many alerts, so choose your notification mechanism appropriately.

Visualize your performance

If you prefer to see it all at a glance, we can also create a private page where you can view charts for your URLs. Your page will be password protected and data are displayed in real time. The page also allows you to review the performance of your sites over time.

Too many alerts or false positives?

Many webmasters are unaware that their sites go dark, or become slow, or have web-application  or gateway issues, until they begin monitoring and see a bunch of alerts. This can open your eyes to underlying problems you might not otherwise see.

The details on filters and alerts

Email inquiries:
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