Web hacking attacks are spreading far and wide to almost all parts of the globe. Whether your business is small or big, it is always prone to get hacked anytime anywhere. This is true because most of us these days have such an active online life as we pay bills, shop, deposit money, and also update our personal details on baking sites etc. These activities when not properly secured by online security measures become a target for hackers. Hackers very easily get attracted to web-based vulnerabilities and use these weaknesses to the best extent possible as long as they achieve their core motive behind an attack. These attacks can have a more serious impact when it gets executed on a business. The consequences can be really bad as the entire business can collapse or go through major loss.
One of the best and most efficient ways to prevent attacks is by installing a website scanner. These scanning tools run in the background and can instantly detect malware and vulnerabilities. However, not all scanners are made equally. The external malware scanners can crawl each page of a website, more like a search engine, in order detect malicious links or script, while the internal malware scanners download a website’s source code and examine each line looking for the signatures of malicious code. We also have penetration testing scanners that can manipulate URLs and forms to attempt to exploit weaknesses in code.
This article will talk about the key benefits of using a web scanner and the kinds of threats a web scanner can prevent in order to have a smooth and safe online experience and protect all vital data of your business.
Online Web Scanners have the following benefits:
- Automatic remediation of known threats
- Detect malware and receive notifications if issues are detected
- Help keep your information secured and your website from getting blacklisted
- Monitor FTP and file change to provide complete visibility of website changes
- Protect your database from SQL injections by probing your website for vulnerabilities
- Guarantee network security by checking ports on your server to ensure that only appropriate visitors obtain access to your website
An efficient web scanner should be able to detect common vulnerabilities like cross-site scripting, SQL injection, authentication attacks, and denial-of-service attacks to name a few.
- Cross-site scripting (XSS): This is an attack in which the hacker inserts malicious data into an active and trusted webpage. The malicious code is generally sent in the form of a browser side script, to a different end user. The end user’s browser executes the script as it has no way to know that the script should not be trusted. Assuming that the script has come from a trusted source, the malicious script will be able to access any session tokens, cookies, or other sensitive data retained by the browser and used with that website.
- SQL injection: These attacks are staged by sending malicious SQL commands to database servers via web requests. The malicious commands can be sent via any input channel, including elements, cookies, files, and query strings. SQL injection attacks have caused major damage to businesses and websites alike. People lose their password lists and credit card details etc. because of SQL injection vulnerabilities. Remember that with just one simple browser, attackers will be able to manipulate your website and make attempts to inject their own commands to your SQL database.
- Authentication attacks: If your website is vulnerable, an attacker will break into the system by establishing to the application that he/she is a valid user. The attacker then gains access to all the privileges assigned to that user by the administrator. Meaning that if the attacker enters as a normal user, then he/she may have limited access to just view some vital data. Another scenario is one in which the attacker enters as an administrative user possessing global access on the system. The attacker will have complete control over the application along with its content.
- Denial-of-Service (DoS) If you keep flooding a website with more traffic than it was built to handle, you will be overloading the website's server and it will just not be possible for the website to serve up its content to visitors who are attempting to access it. DoS attacks can be executed by several computers simultaneously. Such an attack is called Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack (DDoS). You will find it very difficult to overcome this type of attack because of the attacker appearing from several different IP addresses from all over the world simultaneously. Network administrators will also find it difficult to determine the source of the attack.
With the rise of these attacks, it is thus essential for companies to be cautious when deciding to get a web scanner because poorly performed scans can leave a negative mark in your website’s potential to conduct business. Poorly designed vulnerability tests will be able to spam your inbox with testing emails and impact the functioning of your website because of unnecessary load. To help you go in for the best and most efficient web scanner, we at Comodo offer you cWatch Web – a managed security service that provides all the essential security features for your business.
As a cybersecurity company, Comodo has been creating trust online for years. First as a staple in the SSL certificate industry and now by developing website security through its cWatch Web solution. Comodo cWatch offers a free website scanner tool called, the cWatch Site Score Scanner (https://cwatch.comodo.com/sitescanner/). Based on the complexity of the website, this tool will provide a detailed report of scan results within just a few minutes. This website checker tool provides insight into six categories:
Displays any CMS related vulnerabilities
- Web Application Risks:
Displays the risks your website could be facing
States if it has detected any malware and if that malware has infected the website
- Content Security:
Displays doubtful content like links and iframes
- HTTP Security Risks:
Displays any issues related to HTTP
Displays the website's reputation based on factors like whether the website has been blacklisted or not, and whether the website has an SSL certificate or not etc.
Some of the other key web security features offered by cWatch include:
- Malware Monitoring and Remediation
As a web security tool, Comodo cWatch will be able to detect malware, provide the tools and methods to remove it, and prevent future malware attacks
- Web Application Firewall (WAF)
The cWatch WAF is a powerful, real-time edge protection ideal for websites and web applications as it can provide advanced security, filtering, and intrusion protection
- Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
Advanced intelligence that can influence existing events and data from 85M+ endpoints and 100M+ domains
- PCI Scanning
This scanning allows service providers and merchants to stay in compliance with PCI DSS
- Secure Content Delivery Network (CDN)
A global system of distributed servers capable of improving the performance of websites and web applications
- Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC)
A team of always-on certified cybersecurity professionals providing round-the-clock surveillance and remediation services