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WordPress 3 Ultimate Security by Olly Connelly

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Good bot, bad bot

If you haven't got an inkling what this bot business is about, you're really missing out.

Bot what?

Essentially, bots are scouts, seeking out information. Often, that's for a mutually-beneficial reason such as to furnish search engines with your latest-greatest. Sometimes these scripts are deployed by corporations, scrutinizing the use of their brand. Frequently they are harvesters, listing e-mail addresses or scraping site content. All too often they are pure evil, searching for site weaknesses. In all cases, they report back to their botmasters.

Take a peek at your server access logs to see how bots operate, for good ...

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