Hosting providers losing half of capacity to bots

A recent report from Incapsula indicates that more than half of the traffic to the average web site may be generated by bots – automated software constructs, rather than humans sitting at a computer. Some of the bots are malicious and some aren’t, but all result in increased overhead and wastage of bandwidth and power. And this is just for those “average” sites that get 50,000 to 100,000 hits per month. For smaller sites, the news is even worse: up to 83 percent bot traffic, with malicious bots accounting for almost half.

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