By Ryan Arsenault
An open port on your network is like an unlocked car with the keys left in it – it’s begging to be exploited.
The Ipswitch Network Management Division just launched the free WhatsUp PortScanner tool which seeks to give network administrators a tool in locking these “open doors,” or ports, before they become targets for hackers, malware, viruses and other malicious attacks. With the free WhatsUp PortScanner, you can:
- Identify active hosts using ICMP and TCP
- Utilize multiple scanning deep-level technologies to find open ports
- Bookmark scanning configurations as favorites for quick access
- Utilize the included database of known ports, or customize it to your environment
If, of course, you are looking for a more comprehensive solution that offers layer 2/3 discovery, mapping and inventory of your entire infrastructure, and port-to-port connectivity – functionality well beyond scanning for open ports – WhatsConnected might be a better fit. But WhatsUp PortScanner gives you a nice starting point as you build your network security plan.