How It Works

Nobody likes to get blamed for making an incorrect change to a campaign that
they didn’t make. Now, you can prove that it wasn’t you! AdvertServe tracks
changes to user accounts, campaigns, media, groups, zones and more so you can
view previous revisions of them and see who changed them.

Security Auditing

Having a revision history of all changes made to your data is also of great
importance if you find yourself in a situation where someone has compromised a
user account and made unauthorized changes. We would be able to look at the revision
logs and quickly identify all of the changes that they made to undo them. While
these sorts of incidents are rare they can happen (i.e. perhaps your laptop is stolen
and has your passwords saved on it) so it’s reassuring to know that measures are in
place to deal with such critical situations.

Try It Out

Curious to see how the revision tracking works? I suggest that you create a
new media and then make a change or two to it and save those changes. After
doing so, simply click on the View Change History shortcut that appears
at the top right side of the page. You’ll see a screen that’s similar to the
following screen shot.

Change History: Banner Redirect Changed

There are three things that you’ll notice I’ve highlighted in the screen shot if
you click to enlarge it.

  1. The current revision number is 2, which means the media has been changed once
    since it was created.
  2. The last user to have changed the media is shown in the upper right corner as well.
  3. Finally you have the list of revisions, which includes when the change was made,
    who made it, their IP address (useful for detecting intruders) and a snapshot of
    the data fields with their changes.

Comparing the two revisions, I determined that the banner redirect was changed.
In a future update we’re going to be highlighting such changes for you. We’re
also planning to make it possible to roll back to a previous revision with a
single click.

Closing Thoughts

This feature has been a long time coming. In fact, it had been sitting on our list
of features to implement for over 9 years. That reminds me that I’ve been coding
away at AdvertServe for a little over 17 years now. How the time flies!