Port Scan - Monitor open ports

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Port scan

Open ports are are dangerous possibility for hackers to get access to you systems. You should close them as long as you don't really need them to be accessable from public sources.

We perform a port scan on the entered host.

Your host should only expose ports who are really necessary.

Port monitoring results

Your host should only expose ports who are really necessary.

  • Open port monitoring
  • Servicename of port
  • Protocol
  • Port number found
  • Number of ports
  • Overall port monitoring

Knowledge Base

Here we answer questions about server monitoring from Livewatch. If you have a question that we have not yet answered here, please contact us.

What is a port scan?

A "port scan" refers to the process of scanning a computer system or network to identify open network ports. A port is a numeric address that allows various services on a device to send and receive data over the network. A port scan can be used by security professionals for legitimate security purposes or by attackers for potential attacks on vulnerabilities in a system.

Here are some key aspects of a port scan:

  1. Open Port Identification: A port scan is intended to determine which network ports are open on a particular device or network. Open ports can indicate services or applications running on the system.

  2. Types of Port Scans:

    • TCP Scan: This checks whether TCP ports are open on a target device. This is the most common type of port scan.
    • UDP Scan: Checks whether UDP ports are open. UDP is a different transmission protocol than TCP.
    • SYN Scan: Sends SYN packets to check if ports are open.
    • Full Connect Scan: Attempts to establish a full TCP connection to ensure the reachability of a port.
  3. Legitimate Application:

    • Network Diagnostics: Network administrators use port scanning to check connectivity and accessibility of services.
    • Security Monitoring: Security professionals can use port scanning to identify potential vulnerabilities and monitor security policies.
  4. Potential Security Threats:

    • Attack Preparation: Attackers can use port scanning to identify open ports that could serve as potential attack points.
    • Information gathering: An attacker can collect information about the network topology through port scanning.
  5. Detection and Prevention:

    • Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS): These systems can detect port scans and alert you to unusual network activity based on port activity.
    • Firewalls: A well-configured firewall can block port scans or at least analyze and respond to the patterns detected.

It is important to emphasize that port scans do not always indicate malicious intent. Many legitimate network services and security monitoring tools routinely use port scanning. However, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and ensure that appropriate security measures are taken to detect and respond to unwanted port scans.

Port Scan - How Often Should I Perform the Port Scan?

Open ports can easily be overlooked. However, they represent potentially dangerous gateways for hackers. You should perform the port scan at relatively short intervals. The smallest configuration changes can provide new unsecured ports and increase the risk of attacks. With Livewatch you can perform the port scan automatically and be alerted by us immediately in the event of undesired ports.

Are open ports potential gateways for attackers?

Open ports are potential gateways for attackers. This is why the following principle applies to PC owners as well as to server administrators: Leave as many ports open as necessary and as few as possible. In concrete terms, this means that you simply switch off services that you do not need before an attacker uses them to penetrate your system.

Why is it import to scan open ports?

Open ports enable communication between client and server. It is important to only make those ports accessible that are really necessary. Close ports that are not absolutely necessary or only open them temporarily when in use. With our port scan tool you can find all ports that are externally accessible.

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