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I work for someone who has recently had their web server hacked and had a bunch of text added to their sites without their knowledge. I'm looking for a service that alerts you when your pages change. A cursory Google search yields a bunch of options, but I was looking for something that is reliable, need not be free or instantaneous, but is just solid. Any suggestions?

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How about coding the website and throwing it into a git or subversion repository? That way you can easily compare changes between versions. If you are just looking for simple notification of changes and you're comfortable with the command line, check out tar. You can back up the site folder like this for example:

tar czvf site.tar.gz /var/www/public_html

then periodically check for differences (you could even automate it with cron):

tar dvf site.tar.gz

if you want details on the changes, you can uncompress your original copy and diff the two.

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That's a good idea, but truthfully I don't have full access to the server. And also, I don't want the hassle of remembering to check every day. I need to be notified of it automatically. I could set up a chron job or something, truthfully, but I don't know how I'd notify myself. –  daveslab Dec 7 '09 at 2:16
check out this question: superuser.com/questions/38654/… –  John T Dec 7 '09 at 2:29

Some Links:

You could also try Website Watcher or ChangeDetection or Watch That Page

I think one of those tools should be just what you are after.

Credit to GHacks.NET which is where I lifted these links from.

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Here is an overview of some page tracking tools: http://extract-web-data.com/web-page-change-tracking/

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A good one is urlert.com. You can poll for a particular keyword there.

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