Good Bots vs Bad Bots


(note: An Internet bot is an automated application used to perform simple and repetitive tasks that would be time-consuming, mundane or impossible for a human to perform. Bots can be used for productive tasks, but they are also frequently used for malicious purposes.) Techopedia

When you use the internet, you probably experience good bots and bad bots and not even know it. Tech expert Kim Komando explains. “The Good Bots do things like: if you have a website, and someone does an internet search about your industry, then your web site is going to pop up at the top of the list! And that’s a good thing, right?”

And the other one? Komando answers, " A bad bot can really hurt you.If you go to a site to buy a concert ticket and that site has been hit by a bad bot, let's say ticket prices have been inflated. You buy the ticket anyway --- give your credit card information along with other personal information. That information goes to the creator of the bad bot – and not a ticket company!”

We assume that the creators of these bad bots are from Nigeria, Russia and China. Right? “We have all been conditioned to think that all internet bad behavior is originating outside our country’s walls.That’s just not the case," says Komando. Half of bad bots come from the U.S.

Distill Network's latest Bad Bot Report says airlines, ticket services and e-commerce companies are their biggest targets.

Komando says:

  1. Use common sense - especially when you buy something online. If something looks "off" - it probably is. If a deal looks "too good to be true: - it probably is.
  2. To check to see if prices are in line, check with HONEY. first. (Km says this is a great price comparison tool)
  3. Most modern browsers will tell you if the site isn't secure.
  4. Beware of "click to download now" buttons.
  5. Stay on mainstream sites when possible.

Listen to Kim Komando every Sunday night at 9 on AM 950 KPRC.


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