Infographic: The Evolution of Hi-Def Device Fingerprinting

November 2, 2016
 

IDENTIFYING DEVICES MUST GO BEYOND THE IP ADDRESS

Four device identification methods

IDENTIFICATION METHOD
IP ADDRESS ONLY
SIMPLE FINGERPRINT

IP Address
Header

BASIC BROWSER FINGERPRINT

IP Address
Header
General Browser Attributes

HI-DEF FINGERPRINT

IP Address
Header
General Browser Attributes
Tamper Proof Layer

 

THE FALSE POSITIVE EFFECT

Distil Networks analyzed how many devices are invisible when using each of the four identification methods. Each invisible device is a potential false positive because it shares the same ID as another device using that identification method.

UNIQUE DEVICES IDENTIFIED
UNIQUE DEVICES INVISIBLE TO THIS IDENTIFICATION METHOD
BLOCK BAD BOTS WITH CERTAINTY? NO
TOO MANY FALSE POSITIVES!
MAYBE YES
  Source: Distil Networks Data Science Fingerprinting Study - October 2016
Sample size: 378,894,368
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