What is an Audit Log?
An Audit Log is a record of all activity that has taken place recently.
In computer software applications, an Audit Log may be used to record all user interactions with a web application.
An audit log allows system administrators to monitor how a software application is being used. It can also be used to identify any suspicious, malicious, or unauthorized activity.
Typically an audit log will record the following information:
- Timestamp: The date and time that the recorded action occurred.
- IP Address: The internal or external IP address the recorded action originated from.
- Action: The type of action that occurred.
- User: The user or account name under which the recorded action occurred.
The length of time which data is retained in a software's audit log is usually configurable. Data may typically be retained for a number of days or weeks.
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