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Junior Guru Wannabe
Join Date: Apr 2006
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how to prevent screen scraping?

what are some common ways to prevent screen scraping of my searh results or at least make it a PITA? paginating the search results helps. i've seen some sites use captcha but that would burden legitimate users too much.

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Join Date: Jun 2004
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Not really, you could have multiple site layouts with only small changes that could stop the script from parsing the data correctly. (maybe hidden random strings?)

Or... you could check your access_log and look for the IP address of the machine scraping the content and block the host via IPTABLES.

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