In a World … Where Bots May be Taking Over the Internet

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Busy, busy bots

Bot traffic increased from 51 percent in 2012 to 61.5 percent of website traffic in 2013. This is a 21 percent increase in total bot traffic. The explanation for this uptick potentially means good bots are running on more re-occurring cycles as they crawl through a site. Sometimes these cycles grow shorter and shorter to allow for higher sampling rates.

Making sure your organization's website is safe, secure and running without any malicious activity under the radar is a major concern today, especially since we live in a time when website activity is not limited to humans. Bots, short for Internet robots, are programmed to execute certain commands on the Web.

Last year, cloud-based security company Incapsula conducted a bot study collecting data from thousands of websites to find out how prevalent bots are on the Internet, which ones are good or bad, and how their activity measures up to human activity. Over a 90-day period, the company collected data from a group of 20,000 sites on its network, amounting to 1.45 billion visits. Here are the punch lines from the report.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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