Bad bots are on the rise and account for more and more web traffic each year. So it is something all website owners need to account for. At MSEDP, we offer safe and secure IT services to help you monitor your website and keep it safe from malicious traffic. From backup and disaster recovery to overall network security, our experience IT team will work to ensure you are safe from bad bots and all else that may hurt your website.
So, what are bad bots? Well, bad bots seemingly will interact with your applications in the same way a real legitimate user would. And boiled down to it, these bots are software applications that are designed to automate a lot of tedious online tasks. Google uses bots to help make their search engines useful. However, there are other shadier ways of using bots, like aggregators for travel websites to gather data before a user lands on their website.
This makes them very hard to detect and prevent, especially without the right protection. Bad bots enable high-speed abuse and attacks on websites, mobile apps, and APIs. They also allow bot operators, attackers, unsavory competitors, and scammers to perform many different malicious online acts. These malicious acts may include web scraping, competitive data mining, personal data harvesting, brute-force login, digital ad fraud, transaction fraud and spam to just name a few. But if a hacker can do it, that act becomes easier due to bad bots.
Bots simply arose because they act quicker than a human could. So for many of these tasks they are used to optimize productivity. And not to mention that human error plays a factor too and these bots will not make those mistakes. Employing bots is common practice and has positive impacts, as well as negative ones.
Since bots essentially will "visit" a website, they then consume computing resources like bandwidth and server loading times. So, even if the bots are "good," they still inadvertently cause harm. Which leads to the more aggressive search engine bot or aggregator, which can take down a website that has limited resources. Good news for you, though, is that our IT team can configure your website to ensure it is running at optimum speeds at all times. However, that does not mean you can forget about these bad bots. All website owners should be aware of them and how they can both positively and negatively impact your website.
As previously mentioned, there are many uses for bad bots. Here is a brief description of some of those uses.
MSEDP offers technical support and computer consulting services to businesses on Long Island, in the New York City metropolitan area, and across the USA. Our expert technicians have one goal in mind: Keep your computer systems up and running at peak efficiency. Get trusted cybersecurity services, computer tech support, remote monitoring, antivirus protection, cloud backup, disaster recovery, and more when you turn to MSEDP.
So please, do not hesitate to reach out to us today to learn more about our various IT services and start protecting yourself from the dangers of bad bots! The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation to go over exactly what it is you want from our IT services.