Review by Alan Drury and John Watters
Overall Score: 97%
Can something really good get better? That was the question that faced us when we were assigned to review GFI's Languard Network Security Scanner, Version 8 , already well loved (and glowingly reviewed) at Version 5.
All vulnerability scanners for Windows environments fulfil the same basic function, but as the old saying goes “It's not what you do; it's the way that you do it”. GFI have kept all the good points from their previous releases and built on them; and the result is a tool that does everything you would want with an excellent user interface that is both task efficient and a real pleasure to use.
Visit GFI's website (www.gfi.com) and you can download a fully-functional version that you can try before you buy; for ten days if you prefer to remain anonymous or for thirty days if you swap your details for an evaluation code. The download is 32Mb expanding to 125Mb on your disk when installed.
Installation is straightforward. All the software needs is an account to run under, details of its back-end database and a location to reside. MS Access, MSDE or MS SQL Server databases are supported and you can even migrate your data from one to another if needs be. And as is usual for GFI you can download a fully-functional 30-day evaluation straight from their website so you can be up and running in minutes.
First of all, if you have a license key you can enter it during installation to save time later – just a little thing, but it shows this software has been designed in a very logical manner.
You're then asked for an account to run the Attendant service, the first of the Version 8 enhancements. This, as its name suggests, is a Windows service that sits in your system tray and allows you easy access to the program and its documentation plus a handy window that lets you see everything the scanner is doing as it works away in the background.