Cloudflare's 'Super Bot Fight Mode' will help you tackle malicious internet bots

Cloudflare Bot Analytics
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After first releasing its Bot Fight Mode back in 2019, Cloudflare (opens in new tab) is now rolling out a new improved version of the service with additional features aptly named Super Bot Fight Mode (opens in new tab).

As almost half of the internet's traffic is now powered by bots (opens in new tab), the company has received countless requests from its customers for more functionality including better analytics, detection capabilities and controls to help them fight off bots online.

While Cloudflare users with a Pro or Business site can begin using Super Bot Fight Mode right now, free customers will retain all of the benefits from Bot Fight Mode.

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One welcome new addition to Super Bot Fight Mode is the company's all-new hub for bot protection which can be accessed from its firewall (opens in new tab) app by selecting the “Bots” subtab.

Super Bot Fight Mode

Cloudflare is also making its popular Bot Report available to customers on its Pro plan. The company's Bot Report includes information on three traffic types: likely automated, likely human and verified bots and all of this data is available in GraphQL (opens in new tab) as well.

Pro users will also be able to do more to stop bots by selecting “Configure Super Bot Fight Mode” to add protection. Once enabled, they'll have the option to challenge or block traffic from “definitely automated” sources, enable JavaScript Detections to identify headless browsers and to include or exclude verified bots from protection.

At the same time, Cloudflare has also announced that Bot Analytics (opens in new tab) is now included with its Business plan. The company first launched Bot Analytics to provide Enterprise users with more visibility but since the launch, Business users have asked for many of the same insights. As a result, Business users can now access a new version of Bot Analytics, which is designed to work with Cloudflare's mitigation tools, to view traffic by type, adjust the time frame and filter by different attributes such as IP address or user agent.

However, while Pro users can defend against “definitely automated” traffic, Business users can also target “likely automated” traffic which includes requests scored by Cloudflare's machine learning engine. These requests often come from sophisticated bots capable of evading simple security tools by rotating IPs or convincingly imitating humans (opens in new tab).

Finally, Cloudflare also offers Bot Management for its Enterprise customers. Unlike Bot Fight Mode, Bot Management is build directly into the company's firewall so that users can restrict their bot protection to a particular path.

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.