Bots (web robots) and web scrapers are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. Bots are used for many purposes, from good bots that are beneficial (such as Googlebot) to bad bots that scrape web pages or participate in DDoS attacks.
Bot traffic can be responsible for 40% or more of a website’s traffic, and much of a site’s bot traffic can be considered non-critical traffic. This burden has two main impacts on a customer’s website:
Many bots play a legitimate role in an organization’s online business strategy. Others harm the business by reducing competitive advantage, getting between an organization and its customers, or committing fraud. Traditional bot mitigation tools typically only block bot traffic, affecting beneficial and harmful bots in the same manner – and prompting malicious bots to evolve and become even harder to detect.
Bot Manager helps customers better manage the impact of bots on their business and infrastructure. The Bot Manager solution relies on the simple premise that not all bots are created equal, providing organizations with a flexible framework to better manage the wide array of bots accessing their site every day.
Bot Manager combines the visibility and scale of the globally distributed Akamai Intelligent Platform™ with signatures, predefined categories, and management policies that help customers manage the significant bot challenge. Bot Manager:
Bot Manager enables enterprises to automate how bots are handled in real time, examining bot signatures, treating each signature independently, and assigning actions to limit the damage of bad bots and retain the benefits of good bots. As part of Akamai’s comprehensive web solutions built on the globally distributed Akamai Intelligence Platform™, Bot Manager enables greater visibility and better traffic control than block-only programs. Each solution is supported by Professional Services experts who get you up and running easily and inspire innovation as your web management strategies evolve.