An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
So, the Department of Homeland Security has paid me another visit.
HI! HOW YA DOIN’?
I was kind of curious what kind of brower Rippers is, cuz I’ve never heard of it and I’m plain nosy, just like they are. Hmmm… apparently, it is some kind of “ripper & converting” software.
The Rippers & Encoders category contains software programs developed mainly for two purposes: to extract digital audio files from external media like CDs; and to convert digital audio between file formats, such as MP3, WMV, AAC, OGG, and WAV.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not exactly techno savvy, but it seems to me that if they want to find CDs and audio files, they are looking in the wrong place. Oh, granted, I do post videos on a regular basis, but shoot, they could just go to the source to get those….they don’t need to come here for ‘em.
Then, I did a bit more snooping, and found:
Anyone can change their useragent to say whatever they want. Chances are that it’s some no-name browser, from the name it sounds like a site ripping tool that makes copies of whole sites, ripping graphics, html, etc.
Seriously? Y’all want a whole copy? Don’t y’all have something better to do, like say…I dunno….CATCH BAD GUYS? You know the types….bringing drugs across the border, wanting to shoot Americans, or perhaps a group that would like to see buildings with lots of people in them blown up. Just a thought.
A little more snooping:
After an extensive research I found it to be one of two options. The percentage of 50/50 indicates that first it is a Browser Ripper Software that downloads your complete website for whatever purpose but states that it is for offline viewing. It would be something like this software http://www.tensons.com/products/websiterippercopier/ which can really copy and download a complete website in its structure of files, folders, images, just as you have created, makes it easy to upload to a different server and just change a few bits around, this is a link for this reference http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=2b0f61e3a5 57372f&hl=en.
Also considered to be a Scraper, according to some users it’s completely harmless and just scrapes the content of your page, for mobile viewing and have it in other friendly viewing format but does not copy any content from your website. But either way, users are more likely to simply want to block any traffic that comes from such User Agents, as most of the locations of those hits mean to come from places where the threat level is high among web users with nothing but bad intent to perform illegal activities of some kind. You can get some information on how to block using the .htaccess file in this link http://www.thesitewizard.com/apache/block-bots-with-htaccess.shtml and this link as well http://www.photopost.com/forum/general-discussion/134015-how-block-off line-browsers-k-site-rippers.html one great article I came across was http://www.pixel2life.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20185 you probably have heard about it, but I just wanted to share. Good luck to you.
Oh, fer the love of pete. I’m lil’ ol’ lady, living in Podunk Tennessee, with an opinion. And? What’s your problem? Seriously, y’all need to get that stick out’cher hind ends and actually start doing your job! You know…like keeping people like me, safe! So far, y’all pretty much suck at it, but hopefully, after 20 January 2013, that will change, and we Americans will actually feel safer…with NEW folks in that office who KNOW what’s what, and who’s who! Hey…maybe we’ll even get an Attorney General that knows what’s in the U.S. Constitution. Now, wouldn’t THAT be a novel concept.