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ChangeDetect Web Page Monitoring Celebrates 10 Years of Continuous Service

San Francisco, Calif., March 30, 2012 – ChangeDetect is proud to announce its 10 year anniversary. The ChangeDetect web page monitoring service at http://www.changedetect.com/ has been in continuous operation since March 2002 and has helped thousands of users automatically monitor changes to their favorite web sites.

changedetect celebrates 10 year anniversary“Online content monitoring services have come and gone over the years. Whether you refer to the website tracking options by ChangeDetect as software as a service, an application service provider or an innovative cloud based monitoring solution, the ChangeDetect developers remain committed to quality, service and support. Having outlived a number of copy-cat service providers, ChangeDetect http://www.changedetect.com/ features color-coded highlighting of web page changes and remains the leading web page monitoring service on the Internet, reliably providing services for thousands of subscribers,” said Karen Burns, Business Development Manager.

The content monitoring solution from ChangeDetect is free to use and allows subscribers to bookmark their favorite web sites and receive automatic update notifications whenever a change to those sites are detected.

“I work in a large bank in Canada. I intend to use your service for monitoring securities filings such as bids, offers, meeting notices, annual reports, etc. – everyone will wonder how I learn of stuff so fast,” said a long-time subscriber who uses ChangeDetect extensively for bid monitoring.

With ChangeDetect, “change notices” are sent out by E-Mail and text message. ChangeDetect stands out as an innovative, completely automated cloud based service that sends the latest version of the web page with new text underlined in green and deleted text crossed out in red.

ChangeDetect is unique and especially useful for tracking changes made to websites that do not offer RSS feed technology. ChangeDetect monitors the hidden web i.e. web pages that require login credentials to access. New users with questions about the free service can visit ChangeDetect’s extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions or post a message to the ChangeDetect Helpdesk.

To review the ChangeDetect program details or to sign up for a free account, visit http://www.changedetect.com/

About ChangeDetect
ChangeDetect is the original cloud based, web page monitoring service that detects changes on your favorite websites. ChangeDetect alerts you automatically when a change is detected to one of your tracked websites. ChangeDetect is a free service that color codes text that has been added and text that has been deleted. With ChangeDetect it is easy to know what has changed and when. ChangeDetect recently celebrated 10 years of continuous service with benefits extending to thousands of subscribers per month whose common goals are to be the first to know about content changes to their favorite websites.

For more information about ChangeDetect, visit http://www.ChangeDetect.com/

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ChangeDetect Testimonials

Read ChangeDetect testimonials.

ChangeDetect subscribers send comments to us as testimonials about our web page monitoring services.

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The ChangeDetect subscriber base is worldwide with subscribers using the free and paid services for monitoring updates to a wide variety of web pages such as:

  • Personal web pages
  • Business web pages
  • competitor web pages
  • Industry web pages
  • Client web pages
  • and many other types of pages…

The ChangeDetect team would like to thank our subscribers for their valuable feedback.

Subscriber feedback helps innovate new features for ChangeDetect.

If you have feedback about the ChangeDetect web page monitoring service, feel free to contact us.

To read ChangeDetect testimonials, click here.

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Web Page Monitoring – How It Works

With the release of web page monitoring services, monitoring content of interest to users has never been easier.

To monitor web-enabled content for changes, all that is required is an e-mail account and a strong mindset for being the first to know about relevant changes to recently updated content.

Web page monitoring services are user-friendly with all services driven by custom user settings and subscriber preferences.

Overview: Web Page Monitoring

A vast array of content is available on the Internet.

With the assistance of top search engines like Yahoo or Google, most Web users have mastered content discovery.

On the other hand, keeping up to date with content updates is a challenge for most Internet users.

Sure there are “RSS feeds” and many web sites today offer proprietary update notification services, but not everyone wants to deal with complicated web technology such as RSS or yet another content change notification service that is specific to a particular website. Besides not every web site is deployed with an RSS feed. Furthermore most on-site content change notification services are controlled by the webmaster which means less choice for Internet users.

As such, most Internet surfers prefer a simple means to track the hidden web or sensitive content for most any web-enabled content. This is likely to be at odds with the goals of a webmaster who may not want Internet visitors to track updates to certain areas of the website he administers.

Therefore Internet users find value in centralizing web page monitoring and update notification with a single, simple third-party service.

Web Page Monitoring: How It Works

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Safety, security and convenience built in.

There are two ways in which web page monitoring solutions are deployed.

  • Download software
  • Online web services

Of the two web page monitoring delivery approaches, online web page monitoring services are of higher value because there is nothing to download to your computer and new web page monitoring features can easily be added to the service.

Having to first download and then install software packages onto your computer is a virus risk. Most companies and many smart internet users work to avoid downloading unknown, or otherwise unproven, software onto their computers.

With online web page monitoring, Internet users also are not required to take extra steps to download software “patches” and/or install security updates. Because there is no such thing as a downloadable software patch with an online web service…

With online web page monitoring, everything executes safely on the Web as a secure Internet service.

Web Page Monitoring: Service Benefits

Top 10 reasons why you need a web page monitoring solution today!

  1. Be the first to know about important content changes to the web content that is the most relevant to your interests
  2. Automatically, monitor any web-enabled content for changes
  3. Track high value content typically obscured by password protection
  4. Monitor changes to web search and HTML forms
  5. Pass custom cookies to further unveil the hidden web to content update monitoring
  6. Avoid computer viruses and other malware because there is no software to download when you subscribe to a web service for web page monitoring
  7. Track sensitive content such as a press release, online price changes or even a competitor’s website — The best web page monitoring services track your sensitive conent confidentially and privately from anonymous third-party, proxy servers
  8. Capitalize on a state-of-the-art, self-healing system for proactive web page update tracking and notification which consistently delivers results that other web services are unable to duplicate
  9. Consult with content monitoring experts offering web page monitoring premium services
  10. Work online from anywhere…

Is Web Page Monitoring Right For You?

Web users just like you use web page monitoring services to track their favorite web-enabled content for changes.

  • Sales Professionals
  • Business Executives
  • Intellectual Property Attorneys
  • Newsletter Publishers
  • Librarians and Information Researchers
  • Software Developers
  • Software Buyers
  • Message Board Subscribers
  • Job Seekers

TIP: The top web page monitoring solutions feature content changes with color coded highlights, often in red and green. Red is used for removed content while green is often used for recently added content.

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Reputation Monitoring – The First Step in Preserving the Reputation of Your Business Online

A business’ name and the brand that it represents are its most valuable assets.

Every day, someone is discussing something that is important to a business, its competition or its industry. With the advent of the Internet those comments are pervasive and immediately available online.

Is the discussion positive?

Does the dialog help to reinforce the business reputation?

Or is the discussion critical of the business’ service or complains loudly about its products?

A business’ reputation, often taking years and millions of dollars to build, can be destroyed, or at least seriously damaged, by one disgruntled customer or well-connected blogger.

A business reputation, therefore, is key and management needs to be aware of any threats so that they can respond appropriately and in doing so can manage and protect the reputation of the enterprise.

Reputation monitoring involves tracking all actions of an entity (in this case a business) and the reactions and opinions of others to those actions.

By keeping track of those actions and opinions and by reacting to change them when necessary, a feedback loop is created. This feedback loop is an open dialog, which can be used to maintain a business’ standing in the marketplace.

Reputation monitoring enables complex tracking of opinions over multiple criteria and data points by leveraging the power of computers and the Internet. In the end, reputation monitoring seeks to preserve a business’ trustworthiness; a quality which is pivotal in all types of human interaction including not only business, but also politics and diplomacy.

A number of reputation monitoring services providers have automated the task of monitoring comments about a business across the Internet. These services connect a firm’s stakeholders, track mechanisms of engagement and analyze, measure and manage the results of this interaction. The only problem is that it is not easy to automate these tasks. The best solutions are operated by teams of business and industry analysts and therefore end up being cost prohibitive for most situations.

But there is a solution that can make reputation monitoring far less complicated and costly.

Reputation monitoring is all about discovering new discussions related to a business and its brands. These discussions take place in comments posted to articles, blogs and other consumer generated media.

Once those discussions have been discovered, then it is important to manage the discussions by contributing and monitoring them accordingly.

As such, reputation management is what is done with the results of reputation monitoring. In most cases, reputation management can be reduced to simply making timely responses to negative comments as soon as they are found.

A business should already be present in the discussion forums of the industry of which it is a part. So as a business’ use of reputation monitoring matures, the universe of monitoring targets becomes easier to identify and manage. This is especially true when a business subscribes to a service that automates monitoring websites for content changes.

In other words, business managers are probably already familiar with most of places online where their company or brand is being, or likely to be, discussed. In which case, reputation monitoring can be greatly simplified by leveraging automated web content monitoring services like those provided by ChangeDetect.

The next step is only a matter of identifying and responding to negative comments.

When responding to negative comments it is important to be straightforward and honest – sometime it is better to admit fault (if that is the case) and outline a remedy rather than denying that which is true. This could be truth in fact or “truth” in the minds of a sometimes fickle consumers.

Reputation monitoring and management is a vital aspect of communication with your users and customers and ensures that, when there is an issue, you are prompt with the right response that will maintain your good standing in the marketplace.

For monitoring online content for relevant changes, sign up for a free trial at ChangeDetect – http://www.changedetect.com/

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Defacement Monitoring – Little Known Secret For Combating Hack Attacks

Defacement monitoring is a service that recognizes attacks on websites, whereby nefarious individuals attempt to change a website’s content. The intent of defacement is usually to change graphics, vandalize content or intercept information. Defacement monitoring can prevent far reaching consequences and “pharming” of potential customers.

The defacement individual will often times leave a “calling card” with their user name or pseudonym. Many times the individuals who deface websites do so for notoriety or for cheap thrills. It is no coincidence that defacement activities and similar activities increases during the summer time. At a time when young adults should be outside enjoying the weather, some of them use their free time to break into websites.

The severity of website defacement can vary between mild cases in which the perpetrator posts a message bragging about the break-in or in some other way mocking the system administrator for allowing the break-in to occur. Other more severe cases involve website defacement in which the perpetrator uploads malware.

This new Internet threat is on the rise, due to missing code in programming or under-utilized patches, but many companies are not yet aware of the problem. There are many providers of defacement monitoring services. One such company is ChangeDetect. The services offered by ChangeDetect provide straight forward and simple prevention tools.

A monitoring service will observe and report suspicious activity to authorized personnel. Defacement monitoring services all allow web content owners to offer more security and peace of mind to their product and services consumers. An active defacement monitor can debunk attempts at “pharming”, where legitimate customers are redirected to spoof or fake websites that pose as the official website.

If not subscribed to a defacement monitoring service, the subscribers of an online publisher could be exposed to identity theft or be at risk of unauthorized financial transactions. Customers may also be misled as to the service or product actually provided. Worst of all, customers may be exposed to offensive or misleading information that affects a company’s reputation and credibility.

Defacement monitoring also allows large companies to monitor and prevent unauthorized changes by employees. Control over what one is putting on the World Wide Web is too often taken for granted by company managers.

Without making an analysis of why employees may change data on a website, it is an easy proposition to accept that it happens. Defacement monitoring provides the heads-up necessary to conduct damage control if an insider attempts to derail the true intent of your website. A simple web search of potential monitoring providers is all that is required. By reviewing the services provided, one can make an educated decision about what the best value in free and paid services.

Although no software is a replacement for employing competent and diligent Information Technology staff, the small bit of protection provided by defacement monitoring services can save a lot of time, money and headaches in the long run for any business looking to reach out to its customers via the Internet. Visit ChangeDetect.com sign up for a defacement monitoring service – http://www.changedetect.com/ (free information).

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