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How Do I Choose the Best Open Source Log Analyzer?

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  • Written By: G. Wiesen
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 13 November 2017
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When looking for an open source log analyzer, you should consider the way in which you want to view and relay data gathered from logs and ensure any program you chooses has an appropriate interface. You should also look for software that can function with your operating system (OS) and the types of logs that you need to retrieve data from and analyze. If you are interested in gathering data from servers to look for attacks against a system, then you should look for a program that can help you do so. You should also be sure to look for an open source log analyzer that is from a reputable developer with a sizable community.

As you choose an open source log analyzer, consider the type of data you want to gather and how you might need to display it. If you want to gather and review data from your computer system, for example, then you should look for appropriate software. There are also programs that can be used to monitor activity on websites from various logs and display this information graphically. This can also provide you with a simple way to convey data from an open source log analyzer to other people.

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You should also be sure to choose an open source log analyzer that is compatible with your system. This means you should choose software that is developed specifically to function with your operating system. You should also ensure that any program you choose can gather and analyze data from the types of logs you are working with.

If you need to gather data from a network server, for example, to look for potential attacks against it, then you should look for an open source log analyzer designed for this purpose. This allows you to more easily set up the software to function with your server, and provides you with only pertinent data. Such a specialized open source log analyzer may also give you tools that are appropriate for your situation. This can include secondary programs or utilities that can alert you of potential security problems or threats determined through analysis of log data.

You should also be sure to choose an open source log analyzer that is developed and provided by a reputable group. This helps you ensure that such a program is free of malicious software that could introduce a threat into your system. Specialized programs such as a log analyzer may also have a fairly small but committed development community. Choosing established software with as large a community as possible can make the use of such software easier, as you may be able to find people to help you with problems you have. Ongoing support and improvements to the program can also come from this community.

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