Adam Spotton, Author at Web Shrinker

Author: Adam Spotton

Enhanced automated deceptive and phishing site detection


Today we are pleased to announce a welcome enhancement to the Website Category API which boosts our deceptive and phishing site detection! The initial “deceptive” category was released back in March of 2018 and is actively being used to protect users from zero-day phishing attacks. This latest update adds a new layer of protection against

Hosts API updated for July and August


The latest domain name and IP address data for July and August 2018 is now live. If you are already using the Hosts API, no additional changes are needed to start using the latest data. New queries will use this data automatically. While some of the Web Shrinker APIs have data that is updated in

Access backlink and outbound hyperlink data for any site


When we first started crawling and analyzing sites, right away users were asking about the different types of APIs we could offer based on the data we collect. One of the most frequently requested services was for accessing the backlinks for websites. Today I’m happy to announce that’s exactly what we’re releasing: an easy to

New Website Category API v3 with IAB Categories


Updated: Category API v3 is now live and available for use. We are proud to announce that this new version adds support for the IAB category taxonomy. That means you can now categorize entire URLs, domain names, and IP addresses into one or more of the 390 supported categories. This update will not only provide

New – Mask Screenshots Taken from “Adult” Websites


Today we are releasing a new feature for our website screenshots service – the ability to pixelate images captured from sites categorized as “adult.” To use this feature, simply pass the option “hideadult=1” with your screenshot API calls. This will automatically mask images for any URL or domain name if it’s categorized as having “adult”

Category Database Updates


While we constantly crawl and check websites for new content and evaluate them for categories, there are some updates which we hold back and batch together for release at the same time. Now is one of those times! We have database updates that will be made available via the web site URL category API and

Importance of using URL Filtering


The Internet has quickly become one the most important parts of our lives. It’s also constantly growing with more devices and websites being added each day (not even counting IoT devices.) Along with this exponential growth, the potential online threats are also increasing. In order to stay safe and help keep our networks secure, the

An example of a parked domain showing ad links for the keyword “store”

Improving Network Security through URL Web Filtering


When you hear about web filtering, some of the first thoughts that come to mind may be “The website you are visiting has been blocked due to company policy” or “The category for that site has been blocked by the school administrator.” While many businesses and schools use URL web filtering solutions to increase employee