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Panopta.com Pest Bot

Checks.Panopta.com – nuisance bot

Panopta.com calls itself “Uptime Management Software for Hosting Providers, SaaS Providers, IT Managers, and Website Owners”.  Well, there’s nothing wrong with the idea. If your website is critical to your business it’s not a bad thing to get alerted if or when your site is offline.

But Did You Subscribe to Panopta.com?

checks.panopta.com pest bot featured imagePanopta.com monitoring service allows other people to monitor your website! That’s right, you don’t have to sign up for their service for your domain to be monitored. This means a business competitor can monitor your website status without your permission!

Ask yourself this – do you really want unknown persons or companies keeping track of your website? I know I don’t.

Finding out if Panopta.com is monitoring your domain is as easy… Read More

Panopta.com Pest Bot

 

Bork-Edition User Agent

Opera User Agent “Bork-Edition”

bork-edition spam bot iconHave you seen Bork-edition user agent strings? Wondered what browser uses this string? Maybe noticed nearly all traffic to your site with Bork edition in the user agent string is spam and hacking attempts. User agents with Bork-edition are considered by at least one writer among the top 10 spam bots that must be blocked.

There’s several user agents which on first glance look harmless e.g. user agent string Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0) Opera 7.02 Bork-edition [en]

Opera Software released a version of it’s browser that behaves differently when visiting MSN.

Users accessing the MSN site will see the page transformed into the language of the famous Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show: Bork, Bork, Bork!

This special version of Opera 7.02 uses the Bork-edition string in the browser ID. Read more

Bork-Edition User Agent

Markmonitor dotcom | Watchdog or What?

Read the full article here https://mikeontechnology.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/markmonitor-dotcom-watchdog-or-what/

Markmonitor dotcom | Watchdog or What?

brandmark monitor iconMarkmonitor.com is a company providing brand protection to (mainly) global brands.

Markmonitor monitors the Internet (supposedly) looking for brand-piracy, domain name hijacking and counterfeiting (of branded goods) among it’s range of client services. The company must use search spiders to trawl websites looking for this information.

They also have another side of business, as  a domain registrar, and a number of large corporations including Apple.com have their domains under their ambit