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Monitoring critical files

Monitoring a full site in real-time for unauthorized file modifications is resource intensive and for many servers is not possible.

Thus, Watchful takes a very conservative approach to file monitoring. Only the following files* are monitored since these are common targets for defacing and hacking:


Watchful scans your site at least 8 times per day, and when it detects changes in any of these files you will be notified via email. 

Changes can be of the following types:

  • Contents of the file has changed
  • Timestamp of the file has changed (i.e. In Joomla, saving the Global Configuration area without making any changes).

Please see the following FAQ if you receive a notice that a file on your site has been modified.


* filenames are relative to the server path where your Joomla site was installed.