How to block IP adresses which access more than n pages in m period of time? I want to block all auto-traffic and I am not sure how to approach this issue.
I moved my entire site (name-based VHosts) to SSL and redirect every Request with HTTP 301 "Moved permanently". This had the benefit of having a much much simpler apache-config (one 100 line file) AND most spammers / bots are completely gone. Apparently the don't manage the redirect or SSL.
And your users data is protected!