“Each MLS must take the first step to protect its listing data at the source before it can require its partners, brokers and brands to provide similar protection from web scraping,” stated Charlie Minesinger, Director of Sales from Distil Networks. “By using Distil Networks, IRES is preserving the full value of MLS information for its subscribers because the reason MLS information is scraped and stolen is because up-to-date MLS listings are valuable for many use cases in addition to selling a home.”
As real estate portals and MLS syndication continue to gain traction, there is a growing need to ensure the information brokers provide is protected from web scraping and malicious bots. IRES LLC is meeting these security demands, providing a trusted environment for its key constituents, with Distil Network’s cloud-based, automated bot blocking solution.
“Data security is critical for online marketplaces, such as real estate portals and MLS listings. With Distil Networks IRES is able to proactively protect the data entrusted to us by subscribers,” stated Lauren Hansen, CEO of IRES. “Distil’s technology protects the integrity of listings, eliminating inaccurate copies of listings and minimizing bad data online.”
Distil Networks provides the first ever cloud-based bot detection and mitigation solution, incorporating the world’s largest bot-tracking database with technology to identify, track and mitigate bots in real time. Distil uniquely tracks each bot via a unique identifier algorithm with over 40 variables, and then applies multiple layers of detection technologies to identify bots and web scrapers with 99.99% accuracy in real time. To date, the company has blocked more than 28 billion bad bots across their global network.
Hansen added, “In addition to protecting our listing data, Distil Networks has the potential to decrease hosting and bandwidth costs, prevent fraudulent lead forms and spam, and dramatically increase website speed. Not to mention, drive positive brand awareness for IRES as a trusted source. A clear ‘no brainer’.”