Bots - Web crawler
Internet bots, short for robots, are programs that can perform simple and repetitive tasks faster than human workers. They can be used for commercial purposes, but can also be used in malicious attacks on users. Here are some facts about bots, and what they can do.
Internet bots can work as online chat agents, searching for answers to keywords in a database, allowing users to get assistance without needing a human on the other end. This can free up capital for other ventures, rather than labor force. Bots can also work as search engines for your internal internet, also known as an internet.
Using bots in your company can reduce costs, allowing the company to profit and grow. Bots are useful for storing information and compiling research notes on an internal server, allowing your workers access to information that would have taken hours to locate by hand. Speeding up the process of making business reports can be a great way to stay ahead of the competition.
Bots can also be used to generate emails for particular clients, without having to select them by hand. This speed can allow you to reach more of your customers with increased speed to let them know of specials and news about your business.
Unfortunately, there is a dark side to bots. Bots can be used to spread spam emails, viruses and scams. They can be used to create information from a website and use it for a phishing scam, where someone to pretends to be someone else in an attempt to get financial information from you. Bots are also used by people who play online games such as World of Warcraft to cheat. They can be used to create in game items by playing over and over, while soliciting real world money for in game items and money.
Bot have even been used to drive up prices at penny auctions and to purchase expensive seats at concerts for scalpers and people trying to drive up prices on eBay. All of these purposes involving malicious intent are illegal, and law enforcement has been cracking down on their use. Companies have been denying access to their sites for people who have knowingly used a bot program for inappropriate purposes.
Bots are a wonderful tool for repeating tasks rapidly with minimal work. There are many wonderful commercial uses that are legitimate, so don’t be afraid of bots.