Quick Start Guide
  • 30 Sep 2020
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Quick Start Guide

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1) Log In

Bit Discovery supports a number of popuplar authentication providers. Login with your preferred provider, or create an account with Bit Discovery.

2) Set up your Inventory

Once logged in, you'll be taken to a page that looks like this. Enter the main domain name of your company or organization. Using the provided domain name, Bit Discovery will immediately begin discovering subdomains and creating your inventory.
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If you had entered wikipedia.org as your main domain name, you would see an inventory like this appear:
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3) Understand Filters

Bit Discovery provides powerful inventory search capabilities using Filters. By applying filters to your inventory you can view very specific subsets of assets in your inventory.
To apply a filter, click on the "+ Add filter" link above the search box:
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A list of filters will appear:
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Lets say we'd like to see a list of assets whose TLS certificate is expiring within 30 days. Select the "SSL / TLS Expiration" filter, and set it to "Expires in 30 days":
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Press "Done" and your inventory will now only display assets whose TLS certificate is expiring within 30 days. Note that a new column has also been added called "SSL / TLS Expiration".
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4) Setup Smart Folders

Any filter, or set of filters can be easily saved as a "Smart Folder". These Smart Folders stay updated automatically and always only contain the assets that match the applied filters. For example, you may always want to know which assets have TLS certificates that are expiring within the next 30 days. You can create a Smart Folder for these assets using the "SSL / TLS Expiration" filter. Simply apply this filter to your inventory, and press the "Save" link next to the applied filter:
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Name the Smart Folder anything you'd like, then press "Create Smart Folder":

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You'll get a confirmation message, and a link to your shiny new Smart Folder:
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Click on that link and you'll be taken to your Smart Folder:
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You can see a list of all of your Smart Folders by pressing the folder icon at the top of the page.
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5) Setup Notifications

You'll want to know when your certain aspects of your inventory changes. Bit Discovery provides a robust notification system that can email you, send you a Slack message, or even communicate though Service Now.

Perhaps you want to be notified when an asset has a TLS certificate that is expiring soon. Using the Smart Folder you created in the last step, you can do just that. Hover your mouse over the row that contains your "Expiring TLS Certificates" Smart Folder, and press the bell icon:
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You'll see a popup that looks like this:
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Enter your email address and press "Save". You now get daily emails which give you a list of assets that have a TLS certificate expiring in 30 days.
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6) Add Team Members

You share an inventory with other people by inviting them as team members. They'll have the same administration abilities that you have, allowing them to add to the inventory, remove from it, create Smart Folders, etc. To add team members, click on the "Team" link below "Your Inventory":
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You'll be prompted with the dialog below. You can either supply a list of email address, or simply generate a list of invite links to pass out yourself.
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