Your website is your biggest digital asset and is often perceived by many as the virtual store for your business. However, due to the lack of awareness and less understanding of the risks, there is a high possibility that one might encounter serious consequences if his websites are not secured.
In a business relation, websites are the first point of contact and these relations could be dented if your website is not secure and safe.
Globally, a large number of cyberattacks are being reported every single day owing to the fact that the number of vulnerable sites are always on the rise. Hackers and cybercriminals have now started using automated tools for finding those vulnerable sites that can easily be attacked, irrespective of the business size for whom the websites are hosted.
Usually, the small business owners are not so ‘concerned’ about web security as they can’t judge its significance for their businesses. Thus, there are no dedicated funds and resources that can safeguard their digital presence.
As a website owner, you have dedicated long hours by constantly hard working on writing, designing and promoting your website as well as its associated content. You own a thriving business as your website helps in generating leads which can eventually end up being your highest revenue generator.
Imagine out of nowhere, you lose the control on your website and the hard work put in by you. This is a common scenario these days and thus it becomes important to audit your website for various categories of threat.
Why Website Security is Important for You
As previously discussed, your website is your largest digital asset and thus it becomes important to secure yourself in the online world. The threats to your website can come in various forms- such as your website might get infected with malware. The intention could be spreading the malware to your website visitors, steal customer information, steal transaction information.
In the case of small businesses, a single data security breach could be quite devastating. Most of the countries now have enforced strict data breach laws, while some have deployed hefty penalties. A security breach could have a direct and huge impact on the trust of the business’s customers. An unprotected website can allow the spread as well as the escalation of malware, attacking another website.
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How VTMScan Helps You?
Using VTMScan, you scan for every vulnerability that might arise on your website. By regularly scanning your website, you ensure that there are no issues on your site and you can run your business without any hindrance. VTMScan is a complete advanced vulnerability scanner that examines various vulnerabilities for any upcoming threats and dangers in the future.
To secure your site, VTMScan offers following set of features-
VTMScan identifies the vulnerabilities released by OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project). It also complies with the rules that are laid by OWASP. VTMScan performs scanning for Cross-site Scripting, SQL injection, etc. and then report these vulnerabilities along with the recommendations to cure these issues.
Content Change Monitoring
Under content change monitoring, VTMScan scans every page of the website and detects any changes that might have occurred. Every change is observed and then returned to the user with the change percentages in all the respective pages.
Prior to scanning, it generates snapshots of all the webpage and then each page is scanned for any modifications or changes. This feature can be of great help to you as you can check for any changes that might have been done on your website without your consent.
VTMScan helps in protecting and safeguarding your website as web applications by looking for similar domains. It detects any Punycode phishing attacks.
It also checks your web applications for any URL hijacking and it can take either of the forms-
- Common misspellings or using foreign languages
- Misspellings like typographical errors
- Swapping letters in the URL
- Use of different domain names
Domain Reputation Check
VTMScan performs domain reputation check across popular domain databases such as- Google, SURBL, Malware Patrol, Clean-MX and Phishtank. All these repositories contain an in-house database having the IP address and domains that might be extracted for malware, spamming and other phishing-related activities.
- Mail Server IP Check Across 58 RBL Repositories
RBL or Real-time Blackhole Lists have the IP addresses of all those owners that have refused to halt the spam growth. RBLs list also these IP addresses based on information collected from several ISPs and identifies all those users who’re responsible for the growth of these spams. VTMScan carries out checking of mail servers IPs in 58 such RBL repositories.
Robust Link Crawling
Link crawling defines the processing of capturing all the URLs for a website. Using this feature, VTMScan understands how many webpages are currently existing your website and what do these webpages relate to. You can perform cross-checking of your webpages for identifying whether they’re legitimate or not.
Under link crawling, VTMScan performs the following set of tasks-
- Crawling links from various sources
- Checking for admin and directory busters
- Checking for directory access
Banner grabbing is a method of collecting information pertaining to the user website like- web server information, header information and open ports. An intruder can use banner grabbing for finding the network hosts that run on different application versions and OS by using the most common exploits.
With VTMScan in use, it checks banner scanning for tasks like- port scanning, determining operating systems and detecting web application firewalls (WAF).
VTMScan performs validate checking for VTMScan validates checking for SSL Poodle, BEAST, CRIME, Heartbleed, DROWN. Under SSL Scans, VTMScan performs the following list of checks-
- NULL Cipher is being used or is less than 128 bits
- The domain using an invalid security certificate
- Domain using an expired security certificate
- Domain using security that is going to expire soon
LFI and RFI Detection
- Local File Intrusion (LFI)
Local File Intrusion is a process where the file or script has been injected on a server with the help of a web browser, thus allowing traversals in the local directories to be injected in absence of ”sanitized’ pages. This attack might be the reason behind the disclosure of any user-critical information
- Remote File Intrusion (RFI)
Remote File Intrusion is an attack that explores for vulnerabilities in a web application to include a script on the web browser. The web-intruder might be looking to exploit the functionalities in an application for uploading malware using varied domains.
Businesses today spend a lot of money on securing their website as their major portion of business revenue is online-generated. If there are any shortcomings in your website, it has a direct implication on your data loss leading ultimately to a decreased brand value.
Online threats are constant, but if you as a website owner have taken the right steps, then you can avert these risks. A healthy website performs exceptionally well provided you’ve taken good care of it and scanned it regularly.