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Scraping Experts: Bypassing Sophisticated Anti-Bot Systems

Scraping experts anti-bot systems

Enrika Pavlovskytė

2023-03-272 min read

For a long time, proxies have been a reliable solution for unobstructed web scraping. However, as anti-bot systems continue to become more advanced, the need for even more ingenious solutions has become a necessity. 

That's why the core focus of our new lesson is on “Bypassing Sophisticated Anti-Bot Systems,” led by our skilled Python developer Tomas Gilys. In this informative session, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of multiple anti-bot protection peculiarities, such as how anti-bot systems operate and what effective strategies are there for overcoming them, while discovering how to choose the ideal solution for your unique project.

Understanding anti-bot systems

Anti-bot system is a common phrase in the web scraping jargon, and if you know a thing or two about web scraping, you’ve definitely heard of it. Nevertheless, it's not enough to simply be familiar with these systems - it's essential to comprehend them truly; otherwise, trying to bypass anti-bot protection may be unachievable.

In his lesson, Tomas goes into detail explaining the two primary types of anti-bot systems: passive and active. In simple terms, passive describes checking HTTP request information, while active conducts JavaScript challenges such as hardware specification.

He also provides insightful explanations on how anti-bot protection systems function as well as affect your web scraping activities. Additionally, he introduces the concepts of browserless and headless scraping as one of the main methods of overcoming anti-bot systems.

From simple to scalable scraping

With time, web scraping often requires extracting larger amounts of data, and even the most efficient processes may not keep up with the growing demands of your operations. At this critical stage, you need to start thinking about restructuring your processes and scaling up.

Tomas delves into the two primary approaches to scaling up - vertical and horizontal. In his lesson, he considers the advantages and disadvantages while explaining how they might affect the growth of your operations. Moreover, Tomas goes beyond theory and provides a practical demonstration of different approaches to bypass anti-bot protection systems like headless browsing and Oxylabs' AI-powered Web Unblocker. By comparing the performance of each method, he provides valuable insights into which one is best suited for achieving scalable web scraping.

Wrapping up

As highlighted in the first episode of OxyCast last year, the ever-evolving nature of anti-bot systems makes it a challenging “game of a cat and mouse.” It can be overwhelming to keep pace with these advancements, but our Scraping Experts lesson library is dedicated to providing you with the best tools and solutions to ensure your scraping operations can grow without obstacles.

If you have questions regarding this lesson don’t hesitate to contact us at Additionally, if this lesson piqued your interest or you're curious to learn more about the intricacies of data gathering, do check out the rest of our Scraping Experts lessons.

Frequently asked questions

How do you get past bot detection?

While there are many methods and steps that help avoid bot detection, such as mimicking real users and browsers, having customized user agents, and many others, they are less effective and consistent than dedicated tools built to bypass anti-bot protection systems.

About the author

Enrika Pavlovskytė


Enrika Pavlovskytė is a Copywriter at Oxylabs. With a background in digital heritage research, she became increasingly fascinated with innovative technologies and started transitioning into the tech world. On her days off, you might find her camping in the wilderness and, perhaps, trying to befriend a fox! Even so, she would never pass up a chance to binge-watch old horror movies on the couch.

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