DNS
DNS DNS - domain name system, a system for locating a web site.

DNS - domain name system. This system helps to find a real server by virtual site name. The system is realized by the hierarchy of DNS servers, each of them holds information about specific domains and may delegate such role to lower stage servers. Let's take, for example, site www.host-tracker.com. The upper domain is .com, so the request is made to the server, which is responsible for all .com sites. It knows where each site is located, or at least, where is another server, which knows for sure. If you get "Server not found" message, that means no record exists on the DNS server for the site name you've requested.

Each time you enter an address into the browser - a DNS request is made, in order to find where the site is located. To make this process faster, DNS data can be saved into a cache. If you own a site and decide to change its name for some reason, or if you have just created the new one - you should keep in mind that DNS cache needs some time to be updated globally. Usually, it happens within couple of hours, but it can take up to 48 hours. That's why sometimes a newly-hosted site can not be visible for some time.

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Some secrets of content monitoring

HostTracker provides the best practice for monitoring both content changes and website availability. HostTracker’s tools allow you to check whether your webpage loads correctly and test it for errors as frequently as you’d like. Additionally, you'll know:

▶ Why do we need that?

▶ Service Settings;

▶ Content Check Methods.

HostTracker provides the best practice for monitoring both content changes and website availability. HostTracker’s tools allow you to check whether your webpage loads correctly and test it for errors as frequently as you’d like. Moreover, our service will be the best assistance in tracking websites with complex structure.

Why do we need that?

With “Content Check” you can spot the presence/absence of specific words on your page, as well as, to monitor the integrity of the website. However, it shows that it is insufficient to enable clear conclusions about the webpage performance. And there will certainly come a point in the life when questions like these arise: “Does the data load completely from the database?” “Are there any missing items on my page?” “What if my website is being hacked right now?” etc.

Little time for writing a simple script on your site - and you can check whatever you want. Server scripts come in handy when there is a need to keep an eye on any changes in website performance. To illustrate, you can write a script which will display “OK” provided everything is operating fine or there is enough disk space. If it happens that the website seems to be available, but actually “Error connect to mysql” pops up, then it’s highly recommended to tune the monitoring function for tracking the absence of a word, in particular, the word “Error”. To the boot of all that, this function can be used as a stopgap to identify obscene comments or suspicious activity until more sophisticated alternatives can be found. Notably, unwanted activity can be tracked by detecting the keywords of virus scripts.

The “Content Check” tool is easy to use and the results are crystal-clear for understanding. Moreover, our service is cloud-based, so you don’t need to install any additional software. Interestingly, the same check let hit HTTP load-testing and collects all statistics you need. Simultaneously, you can carry on website speed and response time tests and, by extension, pinpoint whether your IPs is blacklisted with one of nearly seventy DNS based blacklists.

Service Settings

Are you ready to start monitoring your website content? Let’s go! First and foremost, type the URL of your website into the space provided (or click on “Add list” - if you need to monitor a bulk of websites). Please, pay attention to the “Content Check” field – complete blank space with keywords you wish to monitor, use commas to separate words. It’s worth noting that HostTracker will keep you always updated on your webpage performance, and if, for instance, the presence/absence status of the certain phrases ever changes, you’ll be notified immediately by email and/ or by phone.

Additionally, there are some additional content monitoring options. The first advantage of using them is that, they give you the opportunity to choose only words or phrases that you want/don’t want to show on your website. The second advantage is that, in case of defining a series of keywords, both the disappearance of all words and a single one cause the error. A tick next to “Follow redirect” reflects that the request is forwarded to the target page (defined in the Redirection).

Methods

For more configuration options, click on “Advanced options” drop-down list. Make sure your desired method is set up in the “HTTP method” area.

Available HTTP methods:

  • GET (default parameter value) - is used to retrieve information from the Request-URI for keywords search.

  • POST – gets a content body used to send specific parameters and data.  It tests the functionality and correctness of the website forms.

To sum up, HostTracker incorporates a lot of powerful tools - you're bound to find something you'll like!

 

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What information do we collect? How can you update it?

  • We collect information from you when you register on our site or place an order.
  • Information is stored in a secure datacenter with up-to-date security policies and all possible precaution.
  • When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: given name, family name, gender, country of residence, timezone, company name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, account name at Slack, Skype, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Telegram and credit card information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
  • Provided information could be easily updated by signing in into your account. To update your name, main contacts, country and company name, please make changes to Profile. The rest of the contacts could be changed or deleted in Contact section. Billing information is updated in Billing menu.

How long the personal information is stored?

  • The data containing personal information is held during a period of time, depending on the services used. For customers of temporary packages, for example Trial, information is stored for 3 months after expiration. For those customers who use a paid subscription, information is stored for 2 years after the expiration of paid period; it is done so in order to allow renewal of the service, if required, without elimination of collected monitoring statistics. For users of permanent Free package, the information could be stored forever, as it is hard to evaluate whether the free customers still use the service or not.

How to request change in processing or elimination of your personal information?

  • Personal information is deleted within 5 business days after writing us a request to our support (see Contact Us section)
  • To update the way your contact data is processed, you can change notification and report settings, or add, edit or delete your contacts in Contact section.
  • To change the way your billing data is processed, you can update billing method in Billing menu or switch to Free package anytime to stop processing.
  • If you wish to obtain all the personal data for your account, or share it with a third party - write a request to support team (see Contact Us section)

What do we use your information for? Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

  • Collected information is used to establish a communication in the appropriate form and in convenient for the customers time. The information about your names, country of residence, e-mail address and phone number could be shared with message delivery companies, like SMS gateways or mobile phone providers, in order to deliver predefined messages to our customers. These messages include, but not restricted to, alerts about problems with websites, uptime statistics, billing notifications, service updates and other information in accordance to the selected settings. These messages are generated only to those contacts, which have been conscious confirmed by their holders.
  • Names, country of residence, phone number, company name, mailing address, e-mail address and credit card information is shared with payment processing companies when you place an order. In case of permanent subscription, further payments may occur automatically with the same payment data.
  • Also, information is used within our company for the purposes, listed below:
  • To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs).
  • To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you).
  • To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs).
  • To process transactions. Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
  • To send periodic emails. The email address you provide for order processing, may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.
  • We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.
  • We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
  • In inlikely case of unencrypted data breach, we inform every affected customer about this breach within 72 hours.

How do we protect your information?

  • We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order.
  • We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Database to be only accessed by those authorized with special access rights to our systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
  • We comply with GDPR.

Do we use cookies?

  • Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.
  • We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

  • Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
  • As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their account and going to the 'Profile' page.

Host-Tracker Microsoft Bot Framework

  • Our Host-Tracker bot is enabled by Microsoft Bot Framework. The Microsoft Bot Framework is a set of web-services that enable intelligent services and connections using conversation channels you authorize. As a service provider, Microsoft will transmit content you provide to our bot/service in order to enable the service.
  • For more information about Microsoft privacy policies please see their privacy statement here.
  • In addition, your interactions with this bot/service are also subject to the conversational channel's applicable terms of use, privacy and data collection policies.
  • To report abuse when using a bot that uses the Microsoft Bot Framework to Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Bot Framework website at https://www.botframework.com and use the “Report Abuse” link in the menu to contact Microsoft.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

  • If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below.
  • This policy was last modified on 23 May 2018

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