Saturday, February 12, 2005

Using FooBar Search Alerts to get notified about security related issues

Disclosure: I conceptualized and wrote the FooBar Search Alerts service. It is free for personal non-commercial use. This is not a shameless plug. I use FooBar Search Alerts myself to keep up with security related stuff.

First let me tell you a little about the FooBar Search Alerts (FSA) service. The concept is very simple. It allows you to monitor a certain webpage for certain keywords (any word that you want to watch out for). Whenever your keywords appears on that page, you will be notified via email.

For example, lets assume that you are a system administrator and want to be notified whenever Apache releases a security fix or an update for its http server. Now either you can manually go and read the Apache News blog everyday or you can simply create a FSA with the keyword 'release'. The FSA service would send you an email only when it finds a new entry on their blog with the word 'release'.

I have myself created various search alerts to keep up-to-date with security related news on many sites. One of my alerts is for 'security' on the apache blog itself. You can even monitor sites like CNN etc for any keywords.

Creating a FooBar Search Alert is very simple. It should take less that 15 seconds to create an alert and does not require registration, login or any of your personal details (except for email address). Give it a try, I am sure you will find it useful. To cancel you alerts, simply click on the cancellation link that is sent in your notification email.

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