- 3 Things You MUST Monitor
- Escalation profiles by server released
- API v2 (beta) is now released
- Alert 'white labelling' now available
- Customized Subject Lines Now Available
- Phone Alerts Now Available
- Paypal Now Available!
- Beta API Now Available
- Client Base Doubles in July 2009!
- South Korean Website Attacks
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
3 Things You MUST Monitor
Read this post in the time it takes BinaryCanary.com to monitor your website - one minute!
Here are the three things that every business needs to monitor – and to be alerted as soon as possible should they go offline:
1. Your Website. If your site goes down in the middle of a customer’s ecommerce experience, you’ve not only lost the sale, you’ve lost credibility. Not an ecommerce site? Then all you've lost is their attention and the opportunity for them to respond to your call to action.
2. Your Email. Just because you press “send” doesn’t ensure that the email will go through, if your email service experiences downtime at that crucial moment. We’ve all had the experience of sending an important email that was never received, or waiting for the email that never comes.
3. Your Domain Name. This is the core of your online identity – and you spend thousands of hours and dollars putting that information in front of your customers. It’s on your marketing collateral, in your advertising, and how people remember you. If that expires, you could lose it – as expired domains are available for resale – and your competitors could wind up owning it – and that means they own all the good will you’ve built as well.
BinaryCanary.com makes it both easy and affordable to monitor these three crucial areas. One-Minute-Monitoring starts for as little as $5/month to give you peace of mind that your website is working, your domain name is secure and your email is getting through – enabling you to take action to prevent the erosion of your reputation, reduce lost sales, and keep you competitive.
Sign up today for One-Minute-Monitoring with BinaryCanary.com – We Alert You First.
Enjoy the Day,
Monday, November 08, 2010
Escalation profiles by server released
An escalation profile is the set of notification steps which should be followed in the case of a monitor failure. Some of our clients who are monitoring multiple targets on a single server needed a way to prevent each individual monitor from alerting in the case of a server wide failure.
With this new update, you will be able to set up a single escalation profile for a server, and then associate the monitors with that server.
When a failure occurs, the server's escalation profile will be executed, and the failure email messages will indicate which actual targets are down.
In order to activate the feature, please follow these steps:
1. Create an escalation profile
2. Create/Update a server, and associate the escalation profile to the server
3. Update your monitor under “Alert Notifications” and set it to “Server’s Escalation Profile”
4. Click Save.
The escalation profile will now start once any monitor goes down. Any monitor that is using the server’s escalation profile will not alert individually. Instead, for email notifications, you will see a status of all the monitors using the server’s escalation profile. For other notifications, only the first monitor’s information will be stated.
You can also acknowledge the entire server with one click! Just go into the “List Servers” page and click the blinking contact icon to stop the server’s escalation profile.
Many more great features to come.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
API v2 (beta) is now released
You can find full details here:
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Alert 'white labelling' now available
To customize your alerts is simple:
1) From the “Accounts Overview” page, select an account, and click edit.
2) Select “Enable alert whitelabelling”
3) Customize the email and SMS alerts
Friday, December 18, 2009
Customized Subject Lines Now Available
Along with this update, we've also posted many other updates recently including:
- a "quick setup" tool for easy monitoring of simple web pages
- ability to customize "from" addresses for email alerts
- ability to add "instruction memos" to email alerts
- advanced monitoring filters
- search monitoring field with "lookahead"
- ability to filter failures according to whether the failure happened during a maintenance period
We are constantly working on new features based on user requests. More features announcements coming shortly!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Phone Alerts Now Available
In order to ensure that the phone alert was received by an authorized person, a PIN code is used to confirm receipt.
Phone notifications only use one standard SMS notification credit.
More great features to come!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Paypal Now Available!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Beta API Now Available
This version will allow you to access a list of your monitors (and statuses) through SOAP.
If you are interested in participating in this beta, please let me know and I will send you the URL and WSDL to get started.
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Client Base Doubles in July 2009!
Many new people, whether they are hosting companies, designers or website owners are discovering the great features and amazing prices which binarycanary.com offers for website and device monitoring.
Glad to have you all on board, and don't forget to let us know of any special feature requests you have!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
South Korean Website Attacks
Last week's website attacks in the US and South Korea underscore the need for businesses to pay closer attention to the ongoing health and functionality of their websites. Among the US websites targeted in the recent attacks were The White House, the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq Stock Market and the Washington Post. South Korean targets included the Defense Ministry the President's residence and the National Assembly. BBC News reports that the attacks began on July 4th, American Independence Day.
"These attacks underscore the need for organizations to protect their online presence," says Belhassen. "Those attacks in the US and South Korea appear to have been politically motivated, but whether the problem is a virus or a system error, people need to know that their websites are operational."
Belhassen says that even if a website is up and running 99.9% of the time, that still leaves eight hours of downtime each year. "An organization's website is its global face and it dramatically affects your credibility and profitability if your website is down, not functional or hacked. Binary Canary alerts you when a problem is sensed - giving your staff immediate notification that they need to address the issue - hopefully before the public notices."
The attacks are reported to have slowed down and in some cases shut government websites down for several hours.