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BotDefender Analysis

Here I’d like you to get familiar with an online scraping protection service called BotDefender. It’s interesting both to know how to use it (in case you want to protect your data) and to understand how it works in case you ever come across it while collecting data.

BotDefender

BotDefender is a service that protects online e-commerce stores from the automated retrieval of their items’ prices – so their competitors can’t use those prices to outprice them. This anti-scraping tool is crucial if you want to hide your inventory prices from e-store competitors. It’s also interesting to look at from a scraping point of view. more…

Scraping with import.io Magic – The Future?

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Over the last one or two years there has been a lot of maturing in the area of visual Web Scrapers. New companies like ParseHub, ScrapingHub and Kimono are bringing new tools to the market, while industry veterans like Outwithub, visual web ripper and Mozenda continue to update their great tooling to annotate/train scrapers and extract web data.

Interestingly, something has changed now. Import.io has created a new tool which is a little bit different on the surface, and having spoken to them, a LOT different under the hood.
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7 Ways to Protect Website from Scraping and How to Bypass this Protection

Anti-Scraper In this article I’d love to revise few well-known methods of protecting website content from automatic scraping. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages, so you need to make your choice basing on the particular situation. None of these methods is ultimate and each one has its own ways around I will mention further.
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An Independent Test of 7 Hosting Providers

HistingChoosing a provider is not an easy task, you always want to find something «cheap and cheerful». However, quite often it is hard to find a golden mean and you have to choose between computing power, speed, and cost, not mentioning additional features such as DNS-servers, control panel, etc. In this article, I will present you test results for several providers of various sizes, and I’m hoping that it will guide you in a decision-making process of choosing a hosting. more…

How to alarm of your site being illegally scraped

Have you encountered the issue of your site being scraped and your online content being infringed? Yes, you’ve warned your content abuser with no response or you have received just some excuses. But, after Google indexing, your content does not stick out of the similar content heap of stolen material in search results? What can one do to set an alarm and enforce some consequences or even punishment?  more…

What is Web Scraping?

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Web scraping (a.k.a. web data mining, web data processing, web data extraction, web content extraction, web harvesting, web screen scraping, web crawling, web ripping, web content extraction, etc.) is a process of extracting useful information from the web. more…

Ethical issues of using employee monitoring software

Monitoring SoftwareEmployee monitoring software has become commonplace. Many apps take monitor screenshots, capture keystrokes and mouse movements, monitor active applications and visited sites and, in extreme cases, can even take pictures using webcam. It seems to be fair to track what your employees do when they are being paid for their time. After all, if they exchange their time for money, it seems fair for the employer to know what they are paying for. So, why does it still feel morally inappropriate in some cases? more…

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