Bot Protection: How To Stop Web Bots In Their Tracks

By Charlie Minesinger

By Charlie Minesinger, Director of Sales, Distil Networks

After learning about the dangers of web bots and how they can hurt your website, your sales and your business as a whole, you’ll likely want to take every precaution possible to prevent an attack and remove bot traffic from your website. There are some steps you can take on your own like implementing CAPTCHAs on forms or blocking IP addresses, but you do not want to ruin the user experience and possibly block IP addresses of major consumer ISPs.

How to Choose a Bot Protection Solution

In order to ensure your site and business has the best protections available, it’s important to choose a solution that does not rely on IP addresses alone; provides real-time detection and mitigation (without adding even 10 milliseconds of latency); offers very high accuracy (at or above 99 percent); and learns and improves, constantly.

So, when evaluating bot protection solutions, you’ll want to look for these items:

  • Multiple detection technologies – A truly comprehensive bot prevention tool won’t just offer one or two layers of protection for your site, but will employ a wide range of technologies – javascripts, statistical methods, artificial intelligence (or support vector machine), user-agent validation, rate limits based on Unique ID, geographic analysis, and a network learning capability.
  • Constantly improving – The key to a great bot protection solution relies on R&D and network learning processes. Maintaining a shared database with a Unique ID for each bot, so bots can be detected immediately before any bot activity reaches your webservers. The best bot protection solutions are also constantly evolving and investing in R&D to maintain an edge in the “arms race” of website security.
  • Ability to target all kinds of bots – If you really want to protect your website, then you’ll need a solution that targets not just one type of bot, but all of them. An effective bot protection tool should protect against content theft and duplication, click fraud, traffic fraud, comment spam, server slowdowns, and any other attacks a bot could deliver.

You can find efficient, comprehensive solutions for blocking bots and protecting your website with Distil Networks. Distil’s protection service eliminates content theft, stops fraud bots, and alerts you to any and all potential bot attacks; in fact, Distil identifies 99.9 percent of bot page requests in real time. To learn more about Distil Networks, visit or contact the Distil team today.

: Bot Protection: How To Stop Web Bots In Their Tracks