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Internet Traffic Dominated by Bots

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Of all of the activity websites get, 61 percent of it isn’t human in origin. The majority of web traffic today is actually produced by bots.

Of all of the activity websites get, 61 percent of it isn’t human in origin.

The majority of web traffic today is actually produced by bots.

According to a study performed by Incapsula, that number is up 20 percent from just last year.

Thankfully, most of that increase represents an activity increase among the good kind.

While the bad ones can be used for everything from stealing emails to corporate espionage, the helpful Internet bots work to free mankind from mundane and time-intensive tasks.

Not only did the evil-doers fail to dominate the automation increase, many of the more common nefarious activities among them showed significant declines.

Automatic spam posting is down 75 percent, a decline attributed to some Google crackdowns that made the process harder.

Hacking bot shenanigans are also down by 10 percent.

Among the only malicious automated activities that did gain ground are those that impersonate sites to gain access into their inner workings.

All of that increased activity does have a downside, even in the case of the good guys.

Increased traffic can result in more strain and greater expense for those running the visited sites, as additional servers are often needed to handle the crowds.

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