Windows Choice Awards Readers’ Choice Award, 2014

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner was selected the winner in the Web Application Security category of the Readers’ Choice Awards. Imperva SecureSphere WAF and N-Stalker Web Application Security Scanner were runner-up and second runner-up respectively. Read the full article, February 2014


Web Application Vulnerability Scanners Benchmark, 2013/2014

Acunetix is once again confirmed as one of the leaders in web application scanning with a 100% detection accuracy and 0% false positives for Reflected Cross-Site Scripting and SQL Injection vulnerabilities, together with a leading WIVET assessment score. Read the full article

Sectooladdict, February 2014


Web Application Vulnerability Scanners Benchmark, 2012

“Acunetix WVS – a dramatic improvement in the detection accuracy of SQLi (fantastic result!) and XSS (fantastic result!), and new results for Path Traversal, RFI and WIVET.” Read the full article

Sectooladdict, July 2012

Infosec Island

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner Review – Infosec Island

“Acusensor works by combining black box scanning techniques with feedback from sensors placed inside the source code while the code is executed on the application server. This allows Acunetix to detect more vulnerabilities with fewer false-positives, provide source code line number and stack trace information related to the vulnerability, and improves its ability to detect SQL injection bugs without having to rely on web server error messages. ” Read the full review

Infosec Island, April 2011 Reviews Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 7 Review –

“Most of the improvements and major changes in version 7 are under the hood, but at first use you will notice the difference. The scanner is much faster and seems more intelligent (there were noticeably less false positives than I remember in version 6) and it has much better support for Web 2.0 and AJAX powered web applications. That is of course a huge area now and very important for a tool like this that focuses on Web Security to support well (the modules have been re-written to support technologies such as such as JSON, XML and more). It also helps that it uses new unique verification techniques so you don’t have to wade through all the false positives by hand.” Read the full review, February 2011

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 7 Review – Hakin9 IT Security Magazine

“Acunetix WVS v.7 is an extremely helpful and enjoyable software. With the new multi-threaded scanner, the whole process is much, much faster than before. This software offers the best of both worlds: the automatic scanner that executes a quality triage of the target, and handy tools that allow you to test manually all those things that need your particular attention. If I had to single out those tools I found most helpful, I would have to say the Compare Editor and Fuzzer tools, but all in all, Acunetix WVS is a great compilation that can’t fail to satisfy even the most fastidious penetration tester.
The new features include a new scanning engine that detects a wider range of vulnerabilities, improved web 2.0 application support and session management handling, ability to rescan a specific vulnerability to verify remediation, less false positives and negatives, a lesser chance of breaking down a website while scanning, and more.” Read the full review

Help Net Security, December 2010

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 6.5 placed 1st in Web Security Scanners Comparison

“Acunetix WVS placed first in a paper released by Adam Doup´e, Marco Cova, and Giovanni Vigna from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the paper “Why Johnny Can’t Pentest: An Analysis of Black-box Web Vulnerability Scanners”, the authors compared the capalities of eleven black box web security scanners (both commercial and open source) against a realistic test web application called WackoPicko.” More details

University of California, Santa Barbara, August 2010

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 6 Review –

In a review on Acunetix WVS Version 6, states that “All in all it’s a well rounded tool with a pretty accurate scanning engine, it’s come a long way since the earlier versions and is now quite strong in all areas of web application security testing.” Darknet also recommends Acunetix WVS 6 highly as it helps consultants and in-house guys in improving security and stability of web applications. Read the full review, January 2009

Acunetix Web Vulnerability 6 Review –

In a review on Acunetix WVS Version 6, Kevin Orray of highlights the new breakthrough AcuSensor Technology, which has a better vulnerability detection rate whilst reporting less false positives. He also highlights the new Port Scanning and Network Alert features, which classifies Acunetix WVS as a fully-armed scanner. Concluding with a comparison between Version 5 and Version 6, Kevin Orray states that Version 6 is his “Web Application Scanner of choice”. Read the full review

Kevin Orray, November 2008

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner – A Comprehensive Set of Security Tools in One Package – PC Pro

Acunetix scored a total of 5 out of a possible 6 points in a review conducted by Ian Parsons for The points were awarded based on ease-of-use, features and value for money. The reviewer describes Acunetix WVS as “A comprehensive set of security tools in one package, with a convenient and easy-to-use interface.” He also states that “Acunetix displays tools and results in a clear and concise way, with detailed information and reports available on demand.” Read the full review

PC Pro, March 2007

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner 6 Review – Hakin9 IT Security Magazine

It is impossible to present all the benefits of Version 6 in one short tool review”, Jose Ignacio Peralta Bosio said, in a review of Acunetix WVS 6 for Hakin9 IT Security Magazine. The author also highlighted that the new and innovative AcuSensor Technology “takes web application scanning to a whole new level.” Read the full review

Help Net Security, October 2009

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner review – PC Authority (Au)

“Evaluating website security is never easy, and Acunetix has provided a range of tools to help. Hackers almost certainly can and will run similar scans against your website at some time, and they won’t share the results with you. With this software you can know what they know and act accordingly.” Read the full review

PC Authority, February 2007

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner review –

Acunetix scored 90% in a review conducted by Sahir Hidayatullah at The reviewer states, “I truly enjoyed using this product. Web application auditing can be a tedious and time consuming nightmare, and the best praise I can give Acunetix is that they’ve made a product that makes me feel a part of the test. The interactivity and levels of detail available to you give you the ability to be laid back or tinker with everything you want, while the test is still going on. With its features and reasonable pricing for a consultant’s license, this product is unmatched and will quickly become one of the premier tools in your arsenal.” Read the full review, December 2006

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner review – TCN

Acunetix WVS was awarded top rating of 3 stars out of a possible 3, in a review by Spanish magazine TCN (Technology Channel News). The reviewer describes Acunetix as a powerful utility to analyse web pages for security holes. Its strength lies in is its thorough scanner that examines scripts in web pages, which enables it to detect errors. Also impressive is its tools such as – HTTP editor, HTTP Sniffer, HTTP Flooder, word encryptor, vulnerability controls, SQL and more. Read the full PDF review (in Spanish)

Technology Channel News, November 2006

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner review – Help Net Security

In a review by Help Net Security, reviewer Mark Woodstone, describes Acunetix WVS as a “powerful and versatile scanner that proves to be an important piece of a web application-testing arsenal”. The reviewer also states that, “As always with penetration testing, some things must be done manually, but from the perspective of an automated web vulnerability scanning procedure, you cannot miss with Acunetix WVS.” Read the full review

Help Net Security, September 2006

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner: A Real World Review – Microsolved, Inc

In a review by Microsolved, Inc, MSI Labs reviewer describes Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner as, “One application that contains a collection of comprehensive tools to give a complete look at the vulnerabilities of a website”. The reviewer awarded Acunetix WVS 4 out of 5 stars, and states that this strong product could use “some polish in its minor features, to make the complete package shine like a diamond.” Read the full review hosted on

MSI Labs, May 2006

Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner review – IT-Observer

In a review, Danny Tsechansky writing for IT-Observer, describes Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner as “the best tool to audit your web application through the eyes of an attacker. The scanner focuses its attention on the web application and provides you with information on security issues that hackers can exploit. So, whether you are a web application developer or a security auditor, Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner is an essential tool to ensure the security of your web application”. Read the full review

IT-Observer, April 2006

The Cracker Eye View of Web Site Security with Web Vulnerability Scanner

John Mueller writing for DevSource reviews Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner v.3. “One needs both the “cracker eye” view and the developer view to create a Web site that is both secure and reliable,” said the reviewer. “The main use of Web Vulnerability Scanner is to tell you that there is a problem, one that a cracker can exploit.” The cracker eye view helps locate vulnerabilities which could allow hackers to create specially formatted messages that would cause problems for one’s system. The reviewer states that, “This is the reason you need a product such as Web Vulnerability Scanner.” When tested Acunetix performed well, “I tested a number of Web sites, and it wasn’t ever wrong,” confirmed the reviewer. In conclusion the reviewer states he likes Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner and recommends it to companies with a large development department. Read the full review

DevSource, March 2006

How to check your web server for vulnerabilities with Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner

German security site, reviews Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner. The reviewer states that in terms of quality, industry experts find Acunetix WVS to rank highly in comparison with other leading security scanners. The reviewer stresses that Acunetix WVS is competitively priced, providing numerous scan options including Google hacking. Read the full review (German)

Network-Secure, February 2006

Is Your SQL Server Susceptible to SQL Injection Attacks?

Dinesh Asanka in a review for SQL-Server-Performance awarded Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner the score of 4.69 out of a possible 5. The reviewer describes Acunetix web Vulnerability Scanner as being “above average and close to excellent”. He was impressed with the “Very simple and standard installation” as well as the online help and supporting documents. The reviewer also notes that Acunetix WVS is “a great tool for a Web site developer and QA tester.” Read the full review, December 2005

Gold award

Debra Littlejohn Schinder, writing for awarded Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner the Gold Award with 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars. The reviewer stated the product was “easy to install, configure and use,” as well as providing “an easy ‘uninstall’ option”. The reviewer found Acunetix WVS to be “sophisticated and thorough” with “many ways to configure and customize its behaviour and a number of additional tools to add more functionality.” Read the full review, August 2005