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What is the difference between good and bad bots?

  • 1.  What is the difference between good and bad bots?

    Community Manager
    Posted 06-09-2020 08:04
    In a recent webinar, Cloud WAF Advanced Bot Protection (ABP)customers asked several questions. One of the questions was around the differences between good and bad bots. I will have Impeva's very own @Brooks Cunningham answer this question. ​

    Christopher Detzel
    Community Manager

  • 2.  RE: What is the difference between good and bad bots?

    Imperva Employee
    Posted 06-09-2020 08:08
    Good question @Christopher Detzel. We get this question a lot.

    A good bot, it really is something that's beneficial to your business and the website. Just full stop. We interpreted good bots in a blanket way, as far as Googlebot, Yahoo! Bot, and some of those SEO bots, as well as some of the social media bots. But at the end of the day, some of these bots are really up to what you determine is useful for your business. And so we can certainly say in a more blanket sense, this is what good bots are, but it's up to you as an individual business to decide that this is good behavior or not good behavior. "Good is likely desirable. So good crawlers like SEO tooling.". And then bad equals sneaker buying bots. "Sneaker bots make a great example of the popular misunderstanding of what bots are, what they do, and what constitutes bad behavior." ​

    Brooks Cunningham