In a shot to help website owners defend themselves against the dangers of the internet, I want to tell you about vulnerability scanners.A vulnerability scanner is used by an authorized scanning vendor, also known as an ASV, to seek out internet threats in your computer system. It searches for well-known vulnerabilities and sends a report to you so that you have the information you need to fix these vulnerabilities.
What dangers do I need protection from?We have all heard of many things that can harm our computer systems and websites.These include things like malware (spyware, adware), viruses and worms, and internet phishing, just to name a few.Some of these threats were things I had heard about but didn’t quite understand.
Malware (short for “malicious software”) is software that breaks into a person’s computer system without permission.The category of malware includes spyware, which also infects computers without the user’s knowledge and then gathers up private information about the user.Sometimes spyware is hidden within types of adware.Adware, short for “advertising supported software”, is not illegal and so this is where a lot of problems come in.Vulnerability scanners are an extra step to make sure you know that you are not being infected by malware.
Another threat that is very common is a computer virus.Viruses connect themselves to computer programs or files so they can spread from one computer to another.Worms are related to viruses because they spread from computer to computer, but unlike a virus, they are able to travel without any human action.Worms use file or information transport on your system so that it can travel unaided.Be sure to have anti-virus software on your computer always and vulnerability scanners to help you avoid these problems.
Phishing is the illegal process of trying to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card information from unknown users by disguising itself as a trustworthy business or person in electronic communication. It is usually carried out by email and often directs users to fake websites that look just like legitimate ones the user has been on before.
These are only a few of the dangers on the internet.Please be sure to use a legitimate vulnerability scanner to protect your computer system and website.