What is a Vulnerability Scanner?

The internet is a wonderful tool that has become a part of life that most can’t live without any more.  But with the great things it also brings horrible things as well.  Thieves and criminals now have more ways and means to be able to steal and attack people from the comforts of their own home.   As a website owner, I am sure you are doing all you can to protect your computer and website from the dangers that lurk and a vulnerability scanner can be one important thing to add to your list of security measures if you don’t already have it.

A vulnerability scanner is a computer program designed to seek out and detect weaknesses in computers, websites, applications and networks. By checking your system against a database of known vulnerabilities, scanners can detect and then report holes in the security system.  This is super important to have in the fight against online threats.

A vulnerability scanner is a bit different from your anti-virus software, in that it isn’t able to prevent attacks but it is the kind of program that provides awareness of possible dangers.  When done by an ASV (approved scanning vendor), vulnerability scanning improves security by providing reports on what kinds of risks or vulnerabilities are found during the scan.  These reports not only let you know about what kinds of things are threatening your system, but in what order they should be fixed so that you can increase your site’s efficiency and productivity.

Having anti-virus software is so important to protect your system against viruses, phishing, malware and more, but don’t put vulnerability scanning on the side burner.  Having a vulnerability scanner plays an important part in maintaining your network’s security and giving your customer’s a website that they can trust.

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