Is port scanning my own hosted server illegal? Or could I get in trouble
Posted on 2012-03-23
I was testing my firewall using Nmap port scanner to figure out if the Windows firewall was doing its job. I had to work for the last 48 hours and when I came back to do another scan and detect any other ports, I cannot see anything open anymore. The only port the scanner comes back with is Port 53. I had at least 7 more ports to close and now I cannot find them in the scan. Would my hosting service closed these other ports since they may have caught the scanning? Is there another tool anyone recommends to do this? I just cant get hacked or owned I guess they call it. I just read a few articles where this could be illegal? Now I am all nervous! Jeez, I am new to this and just trying to secure our family business. This will be my wifes website business. Any thoughts would be appreciated.