Distil Anti Bot Software Helps Graphiq Stop Bad Bots

May 11, 2017

How Graphiq And Distil Use Anti Bot Software

My name is Ivgeni Segal. I am the Principle Cloud Architect at Graphiq. Graphiq is a semantic technology company that powers over 10 billion interactive visualizations and over 20 structured research sites to help disseminate data across a number of important industries. We work hard to make important data available to everyday people, and the key word here is people. So we want our data to be easily accessible to people but not to bots. And we had, basically, increasing problem of bots trying to scrape our sites and steal our data.

The problem got bad enough that we found ourselves spending a significant amount of engineering time every day, several hours a day, dealing with the bots. So dealing with that problem is not our core business.

Even the more sophisticated scrapers that we were never able to block ourselves using automation, we found that Distil is able to take care of them. There was just no way that in house we would be able to develop something like this and focus on our core business at the same time.

Just like many other customers, we use restful API's for our main site as well as for our mobile and some other upcoming products. So being able to protect our data on the API side is very important to us.

Distil Networks does something that is very rare in the industry, it's one of the leaders in the industry in terms of security. And, I guess, the simplest way to put it is Distil makes my job easier as an infrastructure person and at the simplest point Distil protects our data from being stolen.

 

“Even the more sophisticated scrapers that we were never able to block ourselves using automation, we found that Distil was able to take care of them.”

Ivgeni Segal
Principal Cloud Architect of Technology at Graphiq

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