How To Combat Digital Shoplifting

Law360, New York (November 30, 2009, 10:50 AM EST) -- If your Web site is a digital storefront for your company, people are not the only window shoppers. Specialized software applications known as bots almost certainly also are taking a look — and perhaps taking more.

These automated tools act a lot like human Internet users, but they do everything far faster, including submitting queries to sites and extracting data from them.

This makes bots ideal for search engines, which use them to crawl the sprawling and expanding World Wide Web, and to gather copies of...
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