looking for ways to add more security to a site, I stumbled upon this. I think it's so easy to use (and free), that some people in the forum might also be interested:
URL: https://perishablepress.com/7g-firewall/The 7G Firewall offers lightweight, server-level protection against a wide range of malicious requests, bad bots, automated attacks, spam, and many other types of threats and nonsense.
7G is a lightweight (only 12KB) strong firewall that provides site security and peace of mind. Plus, 7G is open source and 100% free for everyone
7G Firewall is implemented directly as rules in the .htaccess file.
and this as well from the same author:
URL: https://perishablepress.com/blackhole-bad-bots/One of my favorite security measures here at Perishable Press is the site’s virtual Blackhole trap for bad bots. The concept is simple: include a hidden link to a robots.txt-forbidden directory somewhere on your pages. Bots that ignore or disobey your robots rules will crawl the link and fall into the honeypot trap, which then performs a WHOIS Lookup and records the event in the blackhole data file. Once added to the blacklist data file, bad bots immediately are denied access to your site.
Adjustments to your AppGini applications are very easy.