Friday, January 27, 2006

Giving Scrapers a Cookie

Some scrapers appear to actually use the cookies your site transmits just to make sure they don't get stopped in case you block visitors that don't use cookies. In order to turn this to your advantage you can save the original IP address in the first cookie issued. This seems to be snaring a few of them as I'm using that IP in the cookie, if present, to track these idiots so that when they come back under different IPs, assuming they use some proxy or AOL with rotating IPs, that cookie they keep transmitting allows me to link their continuing activity to the original IP address.

So much for the IP shell game you morons.

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