How Are Tech Companies Cracking Down On Annoying Bots?
In recent years, automated bots have become thick as mosquitoes or headache for the people as it clogs up the internet on all social media pages, catching up concert tickets in a flash, and getting over the fledgling Internet of Things (IoT). This year, humankind is trying to make everyone’s life better.
- More Affordable Concert Tickets:
Have you are ever waiting for the launching of any device, games or concert and trying to buy the tickets as soon as it appeared on the sale or flash sale? But when you open the page, all were already sold out.
It happens due to automated bots that cause this problem from years on ticket sites. When the tickets of concert or festival put on the site for sale especially highly sought concert, bots would buy the bulk tickets within seconds, and ordinary fans did not get the tickets.
All these tickets then sold on second market sites with high prices like StubHub. But thanks to Congress all these bots will be blocked after 2016. The House of Representatives and the Senate both together passed a law at the end of 2016 that allows the software to block such bots that buy hundreds or thousands of event tickets. They put these bots under the “unfair and deceptive practice.”
So after that or at present, you will have better chances to buy concert tickets when you use ticket purchasing sites like Ticketmaster or other at original prices. Otherwise, when the bots buy bulk tickets, people were paying up to 10 times price than the original cost of the ticket.
- Less Noise on Social Media:
Once upon a time, occasional twitter bots were the thing of fun as it automatically tweets out the line of show or movie when you mention the title of the song, movie or popular show.
But gone are those days, as Twitter come up with millions of bots that automatically remove all spam links, abusive comments or incendiary political comments if it detects some keywords in it.
In 2016, tweeter reached to the highest activity of bots, and after that, they started removing some of the worst offenders. They also introduced the rules of conduct in Twitter’s Help page which emphasizes that automated replies and tweets are not allowed. It leads to less spam and repeating confusion on a person’s timeline.
- More Protection for the Internet of Thinnest
In 2016, due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, several major websites were knocked down for hours. From a global system of bots, the attack was launched, and today we know it as the Internet of Things (IoT.)
Any items that installed the bot from Internet connection and capability to wifi were vulnerable to malware. It includes security cameras, DVRs, wireless routers and even Internet-enabled light bulbs and refrigerators.
To reduce future blackouts, Microchip Technology and Amazon worked together and developed an after-market chip which has built-in security. This year, the developer will get this chip that protects the transfer of data that transfer from your wireless equipment to Amazon’s cloud-based service for Internet of Things devices.
Even when the user keeps the setting mode as default, it has more chances to hack. One can protect the items in the IoT by changing the default setting with a new name and passwords. Even frequent change in both will protect your stuff and internet both in a better way.