The Importance of Tracking Logins: Backup Ninja’s Approach

The Importance of Tracking Logins: Backup Ninja’s Approach

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Lukas Vileikis
22 June 2021

If you are a developer, you probably already know how important password security is. However, what i’s equally important is the ability to track logins. Avoid tracking logins to any system and you could be more susceptible to hacker attacks, and if a data breach occurs, attackers will be able to easily obfuscate their identities too - neither of these signs are good.

Log In Security

As far as logins are concerned, there are, of course, a couple of general security measures that should be taken care of. These include enforcing the use of strong and unique passwords, creating a login page in such a way that prevents account enumeration, etc. - these general things are known by pretty much every developer and (or) database administrator. However, what is not very widely discussed is the importance of log in tracking: tracking logins allows an administrator to see who, where from, and when was logged in to a certain system - doing that might help track down data breaches or prevent them from occurring.

Login Security with Backup Ninja

Backup Ninja is a simple, secure, and cost-effective Software as a Service (SaaS) solution that can be used to backup world’s most popular open source databases - doesn’t matter locally or in the cloud. Backup Ninja can back up MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, Percona, and TimescaleDB instances. To see who is logging in to your Backup Ninja account, for example, log in to Backup Ninja and observe the left pane - just below “Cloud Credentials” you should see a link called “Activity Log”, click on it:

Backup Ninja Activity Log

Once you have clicked the activity log, observe a log of the activity - Backup Ninja will show you a description of the activity, what event is it related to, when it occurred, and who accomplished it by IP (we don’t show IPs here for privacy purposes):

Backup Ninja Events

This activity log can help you distinguish between legitimate and malicious logins that are happening in your Backup Ninja account. Tracking logins to your Backup Ninja account in this way can be really beneficial and useful because it will actually let you know who and when was logged in to your account and let you easily identify whether you have been hacked or not.

If your Backup Ninja account gets hacked, the attacker could get a lot of valuable information including running and inactive servers, scheduled or running backups, servers, personal and billing information, cloud credentials, etc. so it is really important to lock up your Backup Ninja account as tightly as you can.

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Summary

If your business is running systems that require logging in, tracking logins is as important as never before. Tracking logins can help your business stay afloat even when a data breach occurs - do that and you will be sure that the configuration of your systems never gives attackers the upper hand.

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