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New API Key Management function, and team access to data through the API and App

In this post we’ll take you through the available options for managing sub-accounts, from managing permissions in app, to our new functionality which allows you to assign individual API keys to your users. First lets take a look at our new API Key Management feature with support for multiple API Keys.

API Key Management

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It’s now possible to add multiple API keys to an account, this means that for teams the same key will no longer need to be shared, and each member of staff/department can be assigned their own access token.

As well as being an improvement security wise, you can monitor the usage for each key in the API Key’s section of the user menu, to do this – and to add new keys for your team simply click here.

Sub-User Management

On our Business level plan it’s possible to add Sub-Users who have access to the in-app data, this allows them to view the information in a much more visual fashion when compared to the API. Sub-Users will be able to view the full settings and details of the tests on the “Main Account” depending on the permissions that they are assigned.

You can assign a few different parameters to your Sub-Users, first off you should decide whether they will have “view-only” or “full-edit” rights which will affect how they can interact with the test data from the main account.

Another handy option that can be set is tag based access, this means that you can assign a Sub-User to one or more test tags, and when they log in it’s only the tests under these tags that they will be able to see and interact with.

Feature Update: Enhanced SSL Monitoring

Today we’ve released a huge update, completely changing how our SSL monitoring works and enabling you to keep a much closer eye on all aspects of your certificates. We’ve introduced a new set of features for SSL, that enable much more powerful monitoring, these are summarized below:

Expiration Monitoring – We’ve fully revamped our expiration monitoring increasing the options in terms of how often the details are checked (anywhere from 5 minutes to 7 days dependent on plan level), also allowing customization of when the alerts for expiry come through – meaning that self-signed certs are now much less troublesome to keep an eye on.

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Certificate Validity – As well as expiry we now watch out for validity issues, we will run a complete check of the certificate chain, verify that the certificate is on the correct domain, and we’ll also ensure that the certificate has not been revoked by the relevant authority. You can get alerted by our system right away if any of these factors are not as they should be.

Certificate Score – We now take a range of factors into account to provide you with a certificate score. Firstly we look at the “Cipher Strength”. Cipher strength has a proprietary scoring algorithm that takes the following variables into consideration:

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* Key Exchange

* Bulk Cipher & Strength

* Used Keyed-hash message authentication (HMAC)

From the Cipher Strength and other factors, we give your certificate a final score, the full weightings for this score are shown below:

* Cipher Strength (50%)

* Perfect Forward Secrecy (25%)

* Certificate Errors (10%)

* Certificate Validity (5%)

* Certificate Presence (5%)

* Extended Validation presence (5%)

We will mark your certificate with a score out of 100%, you can see all scores within the SSL section in the left menu. All of the info can also be viewed on the details page, where we provide further data and comparison graphs.

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The new functionality is available across all paid plans, and all functions are now managed within the SSL section, meaning that there’s increased separation from the uptime tests and the ability to manage these separately.

New Root Cause Details available

We’ve today made it a lot easier for you to identify of timeout related downtimes with the addition of two new functionalities to our “Root Downtime Causes” section.

Now you can see both a Traceroute and a DNS check details in the event of a timeout on any test within your account, if you are looking for the Enhanced root downtime causes then these can be found below the “Status Periods” section, in the portion of the page marked “Root Downtime Causes”

In order to view the new info in the event of a timeout on one of your tests, simply click the “Details” button next to a Root Cause entry. You’ll then see a full summary of the DNS test and Traceroute. These new stats are only available on our paid plans, so you’ll need a subscription to take advantage of the heightened detail!

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StatusCake Domain Monitoring - Expiry Monitoring & Hijacking Alerts

Big Improvements to the Domain Monitoring Feature

Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to develop the next steps for our domain monitoring feature, and today you’ll see a range of new and advanced functionality implemented in-app.

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First off – we have added a completely new way to add the domains in-app, the system will guide you through a process with several steps, and will validate your entries at the point of submission, meaning a typo, duplicate or wrong setting will be picked up on right away – and you’ll be notified on any errors in the new submission summary window. The new submission system will also automatically detect the validity of the domain, if invalid it won’t be added to your list – saving valuable time.

Another improvement can be seen in terms of the number of TLD’s we now support, we are currently able to check over 250 different TLD’s , we provide an easy to access list in app too, so now when adding a domain you won’t be in for any unexpected results.

We have a brand new settings page for the domains which offers more configurable options in a cleaner layout. It’s now possible to set the start and expiry dates on this page – as well as enabling blacklist monitoring, domain expiration alerts, and record change notifications. By putting everything in one place and improving the layout we are hoping to improve a much smoother experience with reduced time spent on setup for each test.

We have also begun to pull through much more information regarding each Domain, you’ll now be able to see the full details concerning technical, administrative and owner contacts from the WHOis on the details page for each domain.

A much requested feature which has also now been implemented is the option to run a forced re-crawl of Domain status and expiry, this can be very useful for occasions where you know that the data has been updated, and need to pull through the most recent info quickly. You can force crawl each domain once per 24 hours.

We’ve made it easy to guard against domain hijacking and be alerted quickly if it occurs! If an unauthorized entity manages to gain control over your domain in order to point it to a different website, we can alert you using our monitoring of the records – the moment we see an unexpected result you’ll be alerted by your chosen method.

As well as being able to force a re-check on the domain, we have now changed the way that the system crawls when we are close to expiry, instead of the standard 7 day crawl we will begin to check daily when expiry is near.

If you want to check out our new functionality for Domains and already have a paid account with us, these new tools and features will be available across all domains previously added, if you have yet to upgrade to a paid plan then now is the perfect time to come on board for this improved functionality.

Read More:  Knowledge Base – Domain Monitoring

Virus Scan

Website Virus & Malware Scanning

We’re pleased to announce the release of StatusCake.com’s new virus and malware checking feature.  Safe Site will scan your website at regular intervals, automatically following every link in your site, and scanning every file it finds for viruses, Trojans, malware, and other malicious threats.  Our systems are also updated every hour to include the latest known threats, ensuring your peace of mind that your site, and visitors to it, are safe from harm.

StatusCake virus scanning is available on all paid plans and provides:

  • website scanning frequency as often as every 15 minutes;
  • ability to scan up-to 50 sites;
  • website scan up-to 100 pages deep;
  • up-to 2,500 files analysed;
  • alerts sent when threat detected;
  • reports available after every scan, or when threats are detected; and
  • detailed in-app reports with an overview of all scanned files.

More detail on the levels of coverage you get with each of our paid plans can be found on our pricing page.

You can find the following useful information on our Knowledge Base:

How to Use the Virus Scan Feature

Virus Scan FAQ

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New Feature : Dashboards

This week we introduced Dashboards – a brand new and much requested feature for our Business level users and above which allows the display of all vital monitoring data in one place!

Multiple Dashboards can now be created in-app, and with these it’s possible to display card type entries for Uptime tests, SSL tests, Page Speed tests, Domain checks and Server Monitors. Each card will display important information on the test and the smart summary at the top will allow you to quickly assess whether there are any problems.

The dashboard is ideal for big office screens and scales to most resolutions and zooms, each page can be customized in terms of which record types are shown at any one time, and there’s even an auto refresh function to keep the results live and fresh.

If you want to give this new feature a try you’ll need to be at least on our Business level plan, with that in place it’s possible to access this via the new “Dashboards” link in the in-app side menu.

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StatusCake Server Monitoring – Early Invite

Development of the StatusCake product has always been driven by our customers; not only in terms of feature requests, but those small changes to the product and user interface that make the world of difference in day-to-day use.  In our our most recent customer survey one the most requested features was server monitoring.  You asked for it so we’re pleased to announce it will be rolling out in the next couple of weeks.

We’d love your feedback on the features and functionality, the usability – on absolutely everything.  We want to bring a new approach to server monitoring.  Make it feel fresh and new rather than some old relic and with your help we can do just that.  Come and talk to us on live chat or email us to put your name down for an early invite.

 

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New Feature: Page Speed Monitoring

Set thresholds and get alerted when your site isn't performing how'd you like
Set thresholds and get alerted when your site isn’t performing how you would expect.

As a direct result of feedback received from our users in the latest customer Survey (January 2016) we’ve been busy working on the features and improvements you’ve asked for.  Today we’re happy to announce the first of these new features; ‘Page Speed Monitoring’.

This new feature is being offered to all our paid users, and with no limits so if you already have a paid plan you can start using Page Speed Monitoring right away

StatusCake Page Speed Monitoring uses a chrome instance and loads all the content from your site, external and internal. This means what you see is what your customers get. Each test is performed using dedicated bandwidth resources at 250kb/s.

We know that uptime is only half the battle, if your site isn’t performing how it should be then you’ll lose visitors, and even more importantly your brand reputation will be damaged” – Daniel Clarke, StatusCake CTO

Get a quick overview on how your site historically performed compared to now
Get a quick overview on how your site historically performed compared to now

We store all page load times indefinitely for all users so you can dive into your historic performance to see if you’re moving in the right direction. You can dive in and find out the load time, page size, requests made (and then drill into each request) and even the content type distribution.

Of course being able to dive into historic data is only half the battle – StatusCake Page Speed Monitoring allows you to set trigger thresholds on metrics such as page load time and Page Size and then get alerted via your pre-existing contact groups.

 

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Improved Public Reporting Pages

We’ve just released a large update for the public reporting pages. This update adds several new features while also improving the overall design and usability of this popular feature. … Read More

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New Feature: Push Monitoring

With our newest feature “Push Monitoring” we are allowing you to enable reverse monitoring which will give you a whole new angle on the experience. Instead of us contacting your server at certain intervals, you can now configure a push to us. Simply log in to your StatusCake account to start using this impressive function straight away!

It’s simple to setup a push no matter what your development environment is like. We’ve even made a few code samples for you to use that you can check out here

To set this up choose the “New Test” button, and select “PUSH” under Test Type. The settings that you will need to enter for this test are minimal compared to others and only Test Name, Contact Groups, Tags, Push Period (How long should we wait for your server to push to us before being down), and Maintenance windows which could be particularly useful for some more complex set ups.

Remember that to complete this task you will then need to view the test details and copy the link at the top (which is used to send the PUSH) into whichever method you have chosen. You should see results of this start to come in almost instantly if successful.

Read More:  What is Push Monitoring? – StatusCake KnowledgeBase