What (if any) anti-bot techniques are you putting in place? How effective are they?

Misha Krunic
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Bot protection heavily relies on the infrastructure your website/web app uses. For example, the anti-bot solution will look very difficult on NGinx Web server, as opposed to Microsoft IIS. Further, you might find yourself with tied hands if you’re using a kind of SaaS solution (for example, a Shopify store will be able to use only anti-bot protection offered by Shopify itself). I would list 3 main types of bot protection: * Web / App Server plugin * External solutions (DNS-based, JavaScript-based, or combined) * In-app solutions Do you use any of those solutions? How effectively did they prove to be?

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vados
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I use some bot protection on email forms, a simple hidden field is usually enough.
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Misha Krunic
@vados Yes, bot protection on forms is a must, otherwise you would end up with tons of spam. However, have you ever tested the efficiency of the method you’re using (hidden fields). I recently started working on a new project https://botmenot.com/ that would allow users to test such methods.
vados
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@price2spy Hidden fields along with ensuring double-subscription (people have to click a link in an email) took my spam problem down to ~1/2 bots (or very unresponsive people) every 2/3 weeks, so I'm happy with it!