What is a target?

A target is a website, 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. example.com and www.example.com count as 1 target
  3. https and http count as 1 target
  4. Subdomains are different targets, e.g. www.example.com and www2.example.com consume 2 targets
  5. Different URLs in the same domain count as 1 target, e.g. www.example.com and www.example.com/blog consume 1 target
  6. Different ports for the same address count as 1 target, e.g. www.example.com:8080 and www.example.com:8888 consume 1 target
  7. Acunetix test sites (vulnweb.com) do not consume any targets
  8. You can create multiple targets for the same web application; they consume 1 target in total

The above applies to both Acunetix on-premise and Acunetix Online.

What is a free scan target or Network Scans only target?

A free scan target or Network Scans only target is a network server or device that can be configured in Acunetix, which you can scan for network vulnerabilities.

Acunetix Premium on-premise customers can configure an unlimited number of free network targets.

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 n free scan targets where n is their license limit (essentially doubling their scan target quota). For example, a customer that has a license for 10 targets can configure additional 10 free network targets in addition to the 10 web targets allowed by the license.

Note: Only fully-verified Acunetix Online accounts can request network scans on their perimeter servers. You can find more information in the Verifying Scan Target Ownership section in the Configuring Targets documentation.