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FAQ ... common questions


Q: What kind of software is Watcher?
A: Watcher is software for Linux servers. The goals are prevention of 'burglary' and 'abuse' of server systems.

Q: What is the audience of Watcher?
A: People that operate servers as 'exposed hosts' on the open InterNet.

Q: Is Watcher free software?
A: No. But Watcher is given away for a small 'protection fee' as a sign of your appreciation

Q: Who owns/manages Watcher?
A: Watcher is owned by ComServe IT-Services/Germany.

Q: Where can I get Watcher?
A: Watcher products (master & modules) are available in the online shop for a small 'protection fee' at
https://comserve-it-services.de/shop

Q: What's the history of Watcher?
A: The project started in 2012 when we felt a tremendous growth of burglary and abuse attempts as well as brute-force attacks.
Traditional 'server hardening' is completely insufficient nowadays. Today's defense measures need 'intrusion detection' in realtime in order to face brute-force attacks, DoS (Denial-of-Service) and server high-jacking attacks ...

Q: How can I find out more?
A: See the Watcher pages below the 'Products' section on the main WEB site at https://comserve-it-services.de for a detailed overview.
The documentation is publicly available under "Support > Downloads" for a deeper insight into the Watcher Master and the related modules.

For guest users the concepts page is available under Watcher concepts