Bot Blocking with Nginx

Posted August 20, 2021 142 views
Ubuntu 18.04

We have a regular Digital Ocean Droplet running Nginx / gunicorn/ django. We want to set up some defenses against bots and other malicious requests. I found this really nice solution,

Then it occurred to me that maybe DO is doing some of this before traffic gets to our droplet server. Does anyone have experience with the nginx-badbotblocker and what if anything does DO do for us out of the box?

Thank you.

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I don’t think that there is anything on the network level that inspects the TCP packets for such activities.

I personally use Cloudflare and their Bot Fight Mode option which challenges requests that match patterns of known bots, before they access your site.

But the Nginx solution that you’ve shared also looks very good.