Smart Recon uses a combination of discovery scanning and reconnaissance tools to determine (with maximum accuracy) which of your targets are Active and which are Unresponsive.

What do I need to do?

First of all, you need to add your targets: Simply head to the Targets page and click 'Add Targets'

In the pop-up window, you have the option to add a target or target range (via IP address subnet CIDR notation or by importing a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file):

All that's left to do is hit 'Add and Scan' ...and that's it. ✨ Smart Recon will do the rest.

How does Smart Recon work?

When you first add a target, it'll pop up on your targets page like this:

Once the discovery scan has completed, the dot/status will update as follows:


πŸ‘† this green dot means that Smart Recon detected at least one open port or service; and/or the target responded to ping ➑️ the target is deemed Active.


πŸ‘† this grey got means that Smart Recon didn't detect any open ports or services and it didn't respond to ping ➑️ the target was deemed Unresponsive.
(Advice for troubleshooting unresponsive external targets and advice for troubleshooting unresponsive, internal targets can be found in our Help Centre).

How does Smart Recon help me?

Since only active targets consume licenses, you'll only ever pay to scan the targets that could actually pose a risk if they were to be exploited. After all, there's no point in paying to scan a target that isn't exposed to the internet as there wouldn't be anything to scan and therefore no vulnerabilities to report.

How this works in practice...

If smart recon marks an external target as active and there are licenses available, one will be automatically assigned (see license icon below) and the the vulnerability scan will begin.

If smart recon marks an external target as active and there aren't any licenses available, the license status will be updated (see the exclamation mark below) and the target will be excluded from the vulnerability scan.

If smart recon marks an external target as unresponsive, it is excluded from the vulnerability scan and no license is assigned.

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