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I've got a few of Google Alerts set up based on a site. The alerts are set to "All results" (and not "Only the best results"). For example:

password dump site:pastebin.com

I use the above to track data breaches and collect passwords for my password lists.

"I use" is a misnomer because I've never gotten an alert even though there are lots of hits when searching. I've got similar alerts for different sites (like the National Science Foundation, nsf.gov) and they have never fired either.

How do I set up an alert with a site filter?

  • Do you have any successful alerts without specifying the site? – BillR Mar 27 '14 at 22:54
  • Yes, I have daily alerts for those that don't specify the site filter. – noloader Mar 27 '14 at 22:55
  • Have you tried setting up an alert with notify as it happens on site:superuser.com or even better a Google site since I'm sure they keep those indexes up to date? I think you should see an alert pretty quickly. (Just trying to think through a simple test.) – BillR Mar 28 '14 at 0:02
  • If I recall, Google recently had an issue where alerts just weren't happening for a lot of people for months. This was supposedly fixed. Could you have been caught up in that? – ale May 13 '15 at 15:17
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You could use a Google search operator such as inurl:subject.com which will search the URL or intext:subject.com passwords which will search all text on the Internet for that string.

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Google Alerts tends to report new search results and not updates to existing results. You may want to experiment with page2rss.com, which allows you to track changes on specific web page(s).

You could then filter the emails &/or feeds from page2rss by keywords within your client.

  • Watch out, that link seems dead/redirects to a malware site. – d-b Sep 4 '19 at 14:48

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