Detecting A Bad Bot
Bot detection can be pretty tricky these days. While it may be hard to detect them before its too late, we have some tell-tale signs that you have been compromised by a bot:
Usually when there is a bot involved, there are multiple page session durations that last for only a few milliseconds. In normal web-surfing behavior of humans, we tend to stay on a webpage for a few seconds or a few minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on your data analytics for this type of infiltration by a bot. Looking at your analytic software can help you identify any abnormal session durations, and try to get rid of the bot.
Every bot has a negative goal, and will do everything it can to meet that goal. Bots work very quickly, which is a lot of the reason why they go undetected for so long. If you are noticing any abnormally high and quick bounce rates, the culprit may be a bot.
Another way bots like to take over and run things is to mess with your servers. A bot can perform a task called web scraping. In simple terms, it is when your data is collected from the web with the intent of using it in a negative way. The data could be used for price undercutting or reselling content. The best way to see if this is happening is to check and see if there is a huge spike in page views.
Be wary of spikes in traffic from random locations. For instance, if your business operates solely out of Maryland, any hits from another state or even another country is a sure sign of a bot.
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