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An easy way to maintain the integrity of your website

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FileWizz is a small PHP web application that allows you to monitor various files from your ... More

Editor's review

Published 3 Aug 2017

Many of us consider that all the hard work is done as soon as we have created our website. You know the score. We have slaved over it for a long time or paid out good money for someone to create our own gateway to the online world and now it's time to start cashing in. However, as we all know, things can go wrong. It could be that your website has been hacked or you've made a simple mistake when updating content...or maybe it's one of those gremlins that creep into our computers overnight. Unless we are diligent and monitor the site closely, it may be weeks or months before we discover the awful truth. Not only could this hurt monetarily - there's also our credibility and reputation to think about.

However, there is a simple and inexpensive way of ensuring that scenario doesn't happen to you. FileWizz is a small PHP web application that allows you to monitor various files on your server - your website, for example - to make sure that nothing changes unless you want it to. It does this by storing a copy of the meta-data that is related to the files that you monitor and then comparing this metadata to see if the files have indeed changed. If they have, FileWizz will notify you via email with a small overview relating to those changes as well as giving you a proper link to a much more detailed report. Each report contains all the details informing you which files were created, which have been changed and which have been deleted.

A Monitor Report is an overview of all the files inside a FileWizz Monitor that either have been changed, deleted or created. Each report shows you exactly which files have changed and allows you to compare the old file with the new file to see the difference between the two. Let's assume it is the path to your website files. You'll be able to tell straight away whether certain things in your website - like prices or general information - have altered without your knowledge. The path is fully customizable too, so that when you define a monitor, you can include or exclude specific files from being processed. You can also select to only be notified when certain events occur - for example when files are changed.

While all areas of your website are important, probably the most important aspect for FileWizz is for your security. If you're not paying enough attention, it could be weeks or months after the event that you discover that something has changed. At that point you could have lost a lot of money and the reputation of your business could be at stake. Using FileWizz eliminates this situation, enabling you to find out straight away if there is a problem and giving you the chance to rectify it immediately.

FIleWizz is ridiculously easy to use although, if you want to create monitor reports automatically, you will have to add a few cron jobs. You can either use linux cron jobs or web crons, but the developers advise you to use linux because it is so reliable. You can find instructions relating to cron jobs by going into your FileWizz app and then going to settings followed by Cron Jobs. FileWizz is available now for the very reasonable sum of US$23. A small price to pay to ensure the integrity of your files.

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