A list of recorded events, communications or other details of computer operation. Records can be entered manually or can be automated by a computer program. Logs are typically stored in files but may be found on the local computer or on a remote computer or server. Logs can be used to troubleshoot computer/program operations, detect misuse or intrusion attempts, or to gather information on user activity or access. Logs might be found in a plain text format or in a proprietary format.