Are web scanners important for startups and small businesses? 43% of all cyber-attacks target small businesses.
While it’s super simple to run a Google search and find such statistics, we need to understand the real problem. Over the last few years, I’ve met several startup founders and CEOs. Interestingly, most of them aren’t concerned about attacks.
Scaling is the only thing on their mind. Plus, they believe that hackers are only after huge companies. Well, you can’t blame them. With limited capital and few resources in the team, hiring cybersecurity guys is a secondary task.
In this piece I want to talk about free and cheap website vulnerability scanners that take little effort but can save you from a ton of attacks.
1. Mr. Scanner
It’s the one web scanning tool that startups should at least try once. While the basic version offers acceptable results, the reports are something else. Each report is curated for the client with the help of AI-powered bot and a cybersecurity expert.
The simplified reports tell decision makers about priority of the security loopholes and how they affect your business. Mister Scanner also offers phone alerts for critical issues and website downtime. And it’s the cheapest tool on the market.
- Curated reports with easy to understand analysis
- Free scan plans
- Phone/WhatsApp alerts
One-line description: Scanning for pennies
Detectify is one of the better scanning tools for companies that have a security team in place. It provides deep insights for over a thousand vulnerabilities. Even if you startup or small business have 1-2 security people in the team, Detectify can do wonders.
Pricing-wise, it is on the steeper side costing $50-100 depending on your requirement but most funded/profitable companies will be happy to pay for it.
- Tests for 1000+ vulnerabilities
- Basic plan starts at $50
- Best suited for security team
One-line description: Simple tool for security teams
This is one of the startups doing wonders in the field. Probely is pitched as a testing tool for everyone. It can be used by security teams, developers and DevOps. Again, if you have people on the team that understand security, Probely would be one of the options to look into.
Pricing-wise, it offers one free plan but for deeper insights you will have to pay from $39 to $399 a month.
- Security Guidance
- Basic Free Plan
One-line description: For developers and DevOps
Acunetix is one of the oldest players in the industry with years of experience in finding and remediating web vulnerabilities. While small businesses might find it expensive, this tool offers deep scanning with more features than any other product on this list.
Acunetix is pitched as fast, easy-to-use web vulnerability scanner but people from non-tech background will find it difficult. Again, like most of the scanning tools in the market, you will need someone in the team to handle it.
- Deep Scanning
- On-premise and SaaS
One-line description: Thorough, deep web scanning
Sucuri’s popular malware and security scanner is one of the most basic tools out there. It’s free and apt for mini businesses that cannot afford to pay for a security tool. From malware checking to defacement, it offers everything basic you will need.
However, the basic version has drawn a lot of flak from security experts for not really adding any value. I recommend to using it only ad an add-on tool and not to rely on totally.
- Basic Malware Check
- WordPress Support
- Free Plan
One-line description: Free basic scan for bloggers
When UpGuard was launched, I was super excited about the things it had to offer. A simple interface, no-bs scan, and easy reporting. It was one of the first web vulnerability scanners to make reporting simple. Today also, with so many players in the market, UpGaurd holds its ground.
While non-tech people might not be able to understand valuations and vulnerability types, developers will get a lot of insights from the reports. Easy security scoring further simplifies priorities for the security teams. If your business has complex vendor logics, I highly recommend UpGuard.
- Simple Reports
- Security Scores
- Vendor Management
One-line description: Simplified vendor security management
Imperva and Incapsula are two of the most trusted brands in web security. With half a dozen of tools for vulnerability management, DDoS protection, and web application security, it is given that the tools are expensive for the expertise you get.
Imperva has invested around a decade in ensuring that their vulnerability identifier automates everything. However, I recommend this for database security only. Their automated tool can prevent breaches with over 1500 tests including those for faulty user rights and misconfigurations. However, there is no free plan for Imperva. You will have to book a demo.
- 1500 Tests
- Automated Scanning
- Database Support
One-line description: Automated scanning for web databases.