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5 Best Website Security Scanners

Irrespective of the size of your business, securing vulnerabilities is a priority. After all, which company would like to deal with the aftermath of a data leak? Loss of business, customer trust, and cost of recovering are just some of the repercussions that are best avoided.

However, securing vulnerabilities begins at finding them. If your team isn’t aware of the loopholes on the website and the criticality or business impact, how will they prioritize?

That is why we bring you a quick list of five best web application or website scanners for big and small online businesses. We have tried to keep this list relevant for companies of all sizes and for startups looking at freemium plans. Let’s begin.

1 Qualys

We are starting this list with the biggest and the most popular web security scanner of them all. Qualys Web Application Scanning has got years of experience and thousands of customers on the product. Here are the top features:

  • Doesn’t slow down website or application, even if terabytes of data is being communicated
  • Efficiently detects risks such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-site request forgery (CSRF) and unvalidated redirection
  • Offers scan scheduling features
  • Online portal to report all the vulnerabilities

 

Good for: Large to medium size companies that can afford it

Freemium availability: Yes- trial version

2 Tenable

Tenable Scanning is backed by the company’s intensive research and development time put into making the product unparalleled. While this list has some of the top players in the market, Tenable’s unique offering is the most effective HTML5 and AJAX web applications, along with traditional HTML apps. Here are the top features:

  • Board coverage for different types of applications
  • No-touch, automated scans
  • Online dashboard that also offers remediation suggestions

Good for: Large and small size companies, a little more affordable than Qualys

Freemium availability: Yes- trial version

3 Scan My Server

After a lot of discussion on ‘free’ tools to be included in the list, we have decided to go with Scan My Server. We understand that most startups and smaller companies do not have the funding to invest in extensive security programs. However, that does not mean that they aren’t at risk.

This scanning tool is available for website and blogs at absolutely no cost. Although the report and testing detailing might not be equal to what other products on the list have to offer, it’s still a good starting point.

  • Tests for malware, SQL injection, XSS and other vulnerabilities
  • Cloud/online tools- No download

Good for: startups, blogs

Freemium availability: Yes, free for life

4 Sucuri

Although Sucuri couldn’t make it our latest DDoS protection list, we think that it is a worthy mention here. With basic malware scanning, this tool also offers you DDoS security on the basic plan. You can start with the free plan to scan for blacklisting status, malware, out-of-date software, and website errors.

  • Free remote site scanner
  • Plans available for scanning and DDoS protection at nominal monthly costs
  • Checks for common security issues in the application

sucuri malware

Good for: startups to medium-sized online companies

Freemium availability: Yes

5 Detectify

Finally, how about a startup that is changing the website scanning landscape? Detectify tests for security issues crowdsourced by the best white-hat hackers in the world. The product is built by top hackers and hence go through a thorough testing to look for different types of loopholes. With descriptive reports, you get insights on what can go wrong if a certain vulnerability is exploited.

  • Website goes through test for over 700 issues
  • Also tested to new vulnerabilities found every week
  • Detailed, descriptive reports

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Good for: companies of all sizes

Freemium availability: Yes

Do you know of any such tools that our readers will love to know about? Please leave them in the comments below or contact us.

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