When we talk about robots in a general sense, we generally refer to Internet robots that systematically browse the phone number list web for the purpose of web indexing. Web indexing is responsible for ensuring that your website and its pages appear on the SERPs. As marketers know, when you successfully index a web page, it drives more traffic phone number list to your site and helps discover newly added pages faster.
Unfortunately, not all robots are good. While “good” bots can help with automated tasks like web indexing, “bad” bots are phone number list used by hackers who want to steal sensitive information and profit from your website. Malicious bots can collect passwords, obtain financial information, relay spam, launch cyberattacks and much more. In this blog post, I will share how bots are affecting your phone number list business and what you can do to protect your business website from these bad bots.
Even if you have applied filters phone number list to your web analytics reports, bots still enter your website. This can potentially be a problem if bots are constantly requesting information from your phone number list site. Ultimately, this influx of traffic will slow down page load speeds when new users come to the site. If you're an e-commerce site (or really any type phone number list of online business), you run the risk of losing users, leads, or potential customers if they quickly bounce off your site.
Two types of scraping include web or phone number list content scraping ("in which software automatically downloads web pages or resources, analyzes their encoded information, and passes it on to companies for use") and contact scraping (emails and information of contact). Web scraping is not a bad thing in itself. In fact, it can serve as a powerful tool for businesses phone number list to stay ahead of their competitors. For example, businesses can use content mining to conduct market research or monitor competitor prices.
A botnet is a combination phone number list of "robot" and "network". In other words, it is a network of “bots” designed to infect millions of devices, usually by unauthorized hackers to commit cybercrimes. All they have phone number list to do is find infected online devices or “bots” to create a botnet. The more bots connected, the bigger the botnet and therefore the bigger the impact. Cybercriminals use botnets to disrupt or overload a website by commanding their "army of infected bots" to such an extent that the phone number list site cannot function properly. This type of attack is called a denial of service or a DDoS attack.