444 status code - what is it and how to avoid it?

Response status code 444 is a rare status code when website unexpectedly closed the connection. In web scraping, this is usually caused by the server identifying the client as a web scraper or a bot and deciding to stop serving content. Repeated 444 status codes can lead to a complete scraper block, so these errors should be addressed ASAP.

To prevent scrapers from being identified see our complete how to scrape without being blocked guide that covers technologies used in identifying web scrapers and how to fortify against them.

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