Log

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

A log may refer to any of the following:

1. Detailed list of an application information, system performance, or user activities. A log can be useful for keeping track of computer use, emergency recovery, and application improvement. Each software program that is capable of creating a log has different methods of starting or stopping the log creation.

An example of a software log file can be found in the Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP Event Viewer, which logs events, errors, and other information occurring in Microsoft Windows.

Many web pages, including Computer Hope keeps logs of what pages users access, any errors that occur, how people are viewing the page, and more. These logs help the owners of the web page keep track of usage statistics, and informs them if something needs to be fixed or updated on the site. Google Analytics is a great example of a free service that monitors this information.

Note: Computer Hope does not distribute or share its logs with any users or third-party companies. Additional privacy information can be found on our legal index.

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2. Log or logging is also shorthand to describe someone who is signing off. In a game a player may log because they've quit the game or lost connection.

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