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how do we find out who has browed our web site?

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HI experts,

we are interested in finding out who is browing our web site, how could we find info like this? thanks.
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Are you hosting your own site? Otherwise ask the company that provides this service for you to have access to the status page. Most Web Hosting companies have that service. Otherwise you check the log file. If you have Microsoft IIS then check if logging is enabled in the first place. The log files are default at: C:\WINNT (Windows) \System32\Logfiles\(site dir)

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Petr
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yes, we have log file, but, by looking at the IP address, is it possible to find out where and which machine?
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by:peakpeak
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Yep, use Whois Source, type in the IP address and voìla ....
http://www.whois.sc/

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http://www.dnsstuff.com/ has a mulititude of info.

I do however suggest you check to see if your website software can be configured to log the resolved name versus the ip address as this will save valuable time.

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Ian
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thanks.
I am able to find the carrier's name, like AOL and others. I wonder if these carriers will be willing to provide the individual name of the IPaddress? I know Yahoo won't do it.
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by:parkerig
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I've never had any luck with ISP's providing additional info.
Everybody screams privacy laws.
If you want to track web site users normally you will need to get them to fill out a form or something along those lines.

Cheers
Ian
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by:parkerig
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Just some extra info

Just checked a number of EE posts and the  summary is

(1) You can capture ip addresses - as we know
(2) You can't capture eMail address unless a form is filled out

Cheers
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thanks.
Does any expert know if a database server has any log about the IP address like the web server? I mean if someone login the database server, could we find out the IPaddress of that person? thanks. by the way, the database server is a LINUX/UNIX server.
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Why should anyone access your database server?

If you use a scripted homepage, only the script is accessing the database, not the user visiting your homepage.
That means all the IPs you are logging are 127.0.0.1, meaning localhost.

Generally, yes, you can get any database server to log the IP and see it.

But, you shouldnt allow ANYONE from  an outside IP to access your database, unless you got a very good reason to do so.
Judging by the questions you ask you shouldnt allow it, period.
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No comment has been added to this question in more than 21 days, so it is now classified as abandoned..
I will leave the following recommendation for this question in the Cleanup topic area:
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