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Protecting Business Online

Setting Up @Watch To Check Password Protected Web Pages (Authentication - Availability)

@watch has the ability to monitor Realm username/password protected pages. When specifying a Realm username/password protected URL, click on the Authentication button which will present the Basic Authentication web page. Select Enable to activate this feature. Then type the username and password for this URL in the fields shown. Click on OK to return to the Modify Service page.

Be sure and click on Save Changes on the Modify Service page to save the URL with its username and password.

Setting Up @Watch To Check HTTP/Post Login Web Pages (Login Page - Availability)

@watch has the ability to monitor web pages that are behind an HTTP/Post HTML Login page. @watch will POST the data specified to a specified FORM on the web page URL being watched. For example:

http://www.abcompany.com/cgi-bin/login.asp

Step 1:

To enter the login information to be used for this page, click on the HTTP/POST button which will present the HTTP Post web page. Select Enable to activate this feature. First, type FORM: followed by the name of the form to be used. Then type the POST parameter to be sent in the POST. For example:

FORM: FormName
Loginid: TEST
Password: TESTME

Each bit of POST information is to be on a single line; "parametername", COLON, SPACE, "parametervalue". The keyword FORM is to be in upper case. THIS DATA IS CASE SENSITIVE.

Step 2:

If a cookie is necessary for a successful login, type the URL for the cookie in the field shown.

Step 3:

The third and very important part of this process is to select Enable for the Text String Check and to specify a text string that appears in the HTML page for a successful login in the Text String Check field. This text check will make sure that a successful login has taken place. 

Then;

  • As long as the proper text string is present in the resultant login page, your login has been successful and is working.
  • If the login process is not functioning properly, either the URL will not be available, the page will time out, or the proper text string will not be present. Any of these cases will cause an alert to be generated and sent to the alert addresses specified in the Customer Info section.

Be sure and click on Save Changes on the Modify Service page to save the URL with its HTTP/POST form data and parameter values.