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Welcome to BotGuard Knowledge Base
BotGuard Knowledge Base
Welcome to BotGuard’s new Traffic Cost Explorer
Explore your traffic in real time and understand what types of visitors are generating an unnecessary burden on server resources and traffic costs.
Our new Traffic Cost Explorer allows you to analyze your traffic in real time and understand the different types of visitors browsing your site. This new measurement tool will provide highly valuable and personalized data, eliminating the guess-work and aiding in the decision making process of optimizing your current business model. Estimated savings are calculated assuming that traffic generated by bad bots would be blocked by the BotGuard Bot Management service.
Armed with the information, you can take steps to mitigate the dangers and cut costs significantly.
- Find out how much you’re spending on unwanted bot traffic
- Calculate potential savings based on BotGuard’s Bot Management service
- Affordable and customizable subscription plans for all types of Website owners and Hosting Providers
- Easily find all the stats about your traffic in real time
- Distinguish between the types of visitors and view their distributed traffic share
- Monitor traffic patterns and gather data during traffic spikes
- Gain valuable insight into where the visitors are coming from (traffic source)
- A pre-configured and ready-to-run “bare metal” server for installation in a 19″ rack
- Or, a virtual machine image (virtual appliance) that can be deployed on any server
- Both versions allow you to analyze web traffic without affecting end-user experience or server performance
Do You Know How Much You’re Spending on Unwanted Web Traffic?
Parasitic traffic accounts for 10-50% of all web traffic worldwide. This means that on average 1 in 3 visitors to a site is the “bad” kind.
Left unmanaged, growing bot traffic consumes significant resources from the web hosting server, slowing down your website’s overall function and degrading the end-user’s experience.
In fact, most website owners and web hosting providers are paying for additional server resources in order to accomodate the 30% of unwanted traffic on their infrastructure.
So How Does It Work?
The BotGuard appliance contains several software components installed on top of a common, specially configured OS (Debian Linux). One component provides a web interface to manage the device itself and analyze statistics; the other is a traffic analyzer engine.
The engine monitors the dedicated device network interface for mirrored web traffic and analyzes the network data in the same way as the BotGuard Cloud does. Each web request is analyzed for its source, reputation, and software fingerprints, then it is categorized and logged for further use.
Since most traffic these days is encrypted (SSL), deep request inspections are not performed. Unlike the BotGuard Cloud, which operates with decrypted traffic, the BotGuard Hosting Traffic Cost Explorer makes approximations in order to provide a more complete picture. In turn, some categories which the BotGuard Cloud detects are not detected by the Traffic Cost Explorer (e.g. malicious requests and behavior violations).
The BotGuard Traffic Cost Explorer web interface provides the various traffic analytics for the chosen period of time, including:
- Total amount of web requests
- Web requests, performed by “bad” bots
- Web requests, performed by “good” bots
- Estimated savings on traffic & resources
- Traffic sources (location, internet provider, etc.)
- Traffic consumers, such as the websites most affected by bots
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