Stop Web Scraping from Stealing Your Business

February 10, 2017 Peter Zavlaris

Block Web Scrapers from Stealing Your Business

There are 50 billion pages on the web, and most of them look genuine. But the reality is that many of those pages have been created as a result of bots programmed to directly copy or selectively extract data from other sites, and they’re specifically intended to steal business from legitimate organizations.

Understand how you can prevent your business from becoming a victim of these pirates by downloading The Ultimate Guide to Preventing Web Scraping. You’ll learn:

How web scraping can damage your business. The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) describes it as “Collect application content and/or other data for use elsewhere”. That can mean loss of exclusivity, undercut offers, lowered search engine rankings, even entire new competing businesses. And it costs almost nothing to do.

What you can do to prevent web scraping. Your existing security vendors are probably telling you they have a plug-in to block the scrapers. Sadly, it’s not that easy (and the legal system doesn’t necessarily see it as a problem).

Direct bot detection and mitigation is Distil’s approach to protecting your business from web scrapers, using behavioral analysis and digital fingerprinting technology that’s specifically designed to separate out legitimate traffic from would-be thieves. We use machine learning to identify active web scrapers and share that information across our customer base to the benefit of all. Clients like EasyJet and Dutch real estate  MLS service Funda then are able to apply individual rules to allow for legitimate partner and search engine activity and determine whether, and how much, information can be scraped.

Once bot mitigation is in place, it can even be used to turn the tables on the web scrapers. To find out how, and learn more about protecting your business, download the complete guide today.

To help businesses better understand the range of threats posed by non-human traffic, Distil has partnered with research firm Quocirca to produce a series of executive guides covering Account Takeovers, Web Scraping, and more.

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