We all know how vast wikipedia is. Have you ever wondered how this information is updated and maintained? If you are thinking all these are controlled by humans then wait. Most of the content over the internet is maintained by bots. Let us know more about bots in this post of Terminal Stack.
What is a bot?
Bot is an abbreviation for Web robot also known as internet bot. It is a software application designed such that it runs automated tasks over the internet. It means bots are programmed in such a way that they run on their scripts and do not need human instructions every time. Bots imitate or replace a human user’s behavior. Their execution is much faster than humans.
What do bots do?
Bots perform repetitive, non creative tasks. They interact with web pages, fill out and submit forms and download content. They can even share links, videos or post on social media platforms. You may have observed whenever you open a certain website, a message pops up. Such as “Hello! How can we help you?” . These are sent by chatbots.
Structure of a Bot
Bots architecture generally consist of
- Application Logic or workflow logic
This is the machine readable and executable code written by the bot developer.
It is the collection of essential data that informs a bot about what actions to take.
- API (Application Programming Interface)
This programming interface allows the programmer to access the function of another application without a need to write them.
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Bots are controlled by bot managers which is a software product. Bot management refers to blocking undesired and malicious Internet bot traffic. But the condition is it must not block useful bots to access web properties.
Bot management is necessary because bots, if left unchecked, can cause trouble for web properties. Also, too much bot traffic can bring heavy load on web servers which may lead to slow down of websites and denying service to legitimate users.
A good bot manager accomplishes the following tasks. It can:
- Identify bot reputation
- Identify good and bad bot
- Analyze bot behaviour
- Identify bot origin IP addresses
- Deny access to certain unreliable content
Types of Bots
There are mainly two types of bots 1) Good Bots 2) Bad Bots. Studies show that over 50% of all internet traffic consists of bots. However, the malicious one draws attention towards itself.
- Good Bots
Good bots are those which carry out tasks for the benefit of users. Search engine bots, social networking bots, marketing bots, site monitoring bots are some of the good bots which do not damage or worsen the user experience.
- Bad Bots
Bad bots are programmed to perform hostile tasks. These are generally built by cybercriminals or anyone else who is involved in illegal activities. They enable high speed abuse, attacks on websites, mobile apps and APIs. 3ve(pronounced eve) is one of the dangerous click-bots.
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