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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 we're excited to present a new lesson 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 how anti-bot systems operate, learn effective strategies for overcoming them, and discover 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 truly comprehend them to bypass them effectively.

In his lesson, Tomas goes into detail explaining the two primary types of anti-bot systems: passive and active. He provides insightful explanations on how they 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 circumvent anti-bot 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.

About the author

Enrika Pavlovskytė

Junior Copywriter

Enrika Pavlovskytė is a Junior 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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