Why do I get many short visits from unlikely locations?

You may notice that you get a lot of very short visits from unlikely locations or have an unexplained spike in the amount of visitors. Usually this is caused by traffic from internet bots. One.com maintains a list of bots that are filtered out of the statistics. Unfortunately bots keep changing and it is almost impossible to keep the list up to date.

What is a bot?
A bot is a program that runs automated tasks over the internet. It is used to do repetitive tasks quickly and on a large scale. For example, search engines like Google use bots to crawl your site for information to show in their search results.

Read this Wikipedia article for more information about internet bots

Unfortunately bots are often used for malicious purposes, for example to disrupt internet traffic (DDOS), steal information, or commit fraud. It isn't possible to stop these bots from visiting your site, but it's good to be aware of them.

If your site is made with a CMS like WordPress, it is a good idea to take some extra precautions. WordPress is the most used CMS in the world. Unfortunately this means it is also a popular target for bad internet bots.

Check out our guide on how to improve security on your WordPress site

If you notice anything unusual, you are welcome to contact our support for more information.

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