What is a “Target”?

A Target is a web site, web application, server or network device that you would like to scan for security vulnerabilities using Acunetix. For licensing purposes, the following rules apply:

  1. Localhost and consume 1 Target
  2. Domain.com and www.domain.com count as 1 Target
  3. Https and http count as 1 Target
  4. Sub-domains are different targets (e.g. www.domain.com and www2.domain.com consume 2 Targets)
  5. Different URLs in same domain count as 1 Target e.g. www.domain.com and www.domain.com/blog
  6. Different ports on the same address counts as 1 Target e.g. www.domain.com:8080 and www.domain.com:8888
  7. Our test sites do not consume any targets.

The above applies to both Acunetix On Premise and Acunetix Online

What is a “Free Scan Target”?

A “Free Scan Target” is a network server or device that can be configured in Acunetix Online and which can be scanned for network vulnerabilities.
During the trial, Acunetix Online users can configure up to 3 scan targets to test Acunetix. These Scan Targets will be automatically converted to Free Scan Targets after the Acunetix Online trial expires. These scan targets will not expire.

Acunetix Online customers can configure up to their license limit as FREE Scan Targets, essentially doubling their scan target quota. For example, a customer that has a 10 Target license can configure an extra 10 FREE Network Targets, in addition to the 10 Targets allowed by the license.

NOTE: Only fully verified Acunetix Online accounts can request Network scans on their perimeter servers. More information can be found in the “Verifying Scan Target Ownership” section in the Configuring Scan Targets documentation.


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  • Hi,

    I am assuming that you are using Acunetix OVS. I just tested this, and it is working as expected. Can you try again and get in touch with our support team if you encounter the problem again?

    Thank you

  • Hi,

    1. When you renew your subscription, you can alter the Targets that have not been scanned.

    2. You can upgrade your license as needed. Contract your sales representative for more information.

  • I am just trying to scan my website but getting the error that Target was not responsive, can you please help?

    • Hi,

      Is the Target responsive? Try using a browser from the same machine as Acunetix to access the site.

      If you are using Acunetix Online, you should ensure that scanners.acunetix.com is allowed to connect to the site.

  • Hi, I need to scan same website eg http://www.abc.com for 2 different username/pwd combinations in login sequence… And since I need to compare the vulnerabilities in each of them separately, i need to create 2 targets.
    So as per the new licence scheme does it consume 2 licences??

  • I am facing this error when i entered the Target and start the scanning. scannig failed – Threat level could not be determined because the target was not responsive.

    • Hi,

      Here are some things to try:

      1. Try browsing the web site being scanned from the machine running Acunetix

      2. Ensure that the protocol (http / https) is specified correctly

      3. Check if the site is running on a non-default port.

  • Hi, can the same target be scanned endlessly ? Regards

  • Hi – How can I setup a target for my site on port 8080? I tried setting the target as: domain.com:8080 but it returns the message “Threat level could not be determined because the target was not responsive”.

    • Bradley,

      You will need to configure your Target similar to:

      The error indicates that Acunetix could not connect to the Target. From the Acunetix machine, can you make use of a browser to connect to the Target and check if you get any errors?

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