How to Check if an IP Address is a Bot in Java
Safeguard your business by checking if a specific IP address is a bot, botnet, or other non-user entity.
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An IP address is a unique numerical identifier that is assigned to each network-connected device that uses the Internet Protocol for communication; simply put, this includes most devices we use today (i.e. laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.). For business websites, verifying user IP addresses can provide valuable insight into client-specific demographics, allowing them to effectively target their content.
However, not all IP addresses are valid – some can be a bot, botnet, or other non-user entity that can either skew your data or potentially cause harm to your business or clients. This article will explore a free solution that can check if a single IP address is a bot in Java by leveraging real-time signals against known high-probability bots. While there are some useful bots out there, such as chatbots and search engine bots, we want to ensure that there are no “bad” bots lurking in an IP address that could pose a threat.
To use this Cloudmersive API, you will first need to install the SDK using Maven by adding a jitpack reference to the repository in pom.xml:
Next, add a reference to the dependency:
Before we proceed, we need to verify that we have the following information to ensure our API functions properly:
- IP Address – the input is a string so be sure to enclose it in double-quotes
- API Key – retrieve your free personal API key from the Cloudmersive website. This will give you access to 800 monthly calls across our library of APIs.
Now, we’re ready to paste the imports at the top of the file and call our function:
So, is it a bot, or is it not? Upon completion, this API will return a swift result providing the answer to your question.
If this process was helpful to you, and you’re looking to gather even more information about IP addresses, we’ve got APIs for that. Check out the Cloudmersive website to gain access to reverse domain lookup, geolocation, threat identification, and more!
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