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How to protect bing key RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi, 

    Do we need to protect bing key as it renders on client browser, if so how to handle it.

    Thanks

    Vaibhav

    Friday, July 14, 2017 11:49 AM

Answers

  • Nope, anyone can create their own key and use Bing Maps for free, so no reason to steal a key. However, if you suspect your key has been stolen bing maps has ways of verifying this and accounting for this in reporting. That said in nearly all reports of stolen keys what actually happened was either the developer generated a lot more usage than expect due to marketing or bad implementation. Another common reason was handing off of code that included the key and the user of the code not knowing. At the end of the day if someone is going to steal a key, they usually steal the one from the bing maps website at which point we will reach out to the offend app and if all else fails block their app completely from the platform.


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    Friday, July 14, 2017 2:14 PM

All replies

  • Nope, anyone can create their own key and use Bing Maps for free, so no reason to steal a key. However, if you suspect your key has been stolen bing maps has ways of verifying this and accounting for this in reporting. That said in nearly all reports of stolen keys what actually happened was either the developer generated a lot more usage than expect due to marketing or bad implementation. Another common reason was handing off of code that included the key and the user of the code not knowing. At the end of the day if someone is going to steal a key, they usually steal the one from the bing maps website at which point we will reach out to the offend app and if all else fails block their app completely from the platform.


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    Friday, July 14, 2017 2:14 PM
  • Thank a lot for your response.

    But is there no way to hide it, when go for enterprise key (paid), we will have to monitor usage regularly to ensure it's only used by my app/site and not by any external application.

    Can we specify desire application url or name at bing map account level and restrict key to be used only by that application name or URL?

    Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:42 PM
  • There is no way to hide it, but as I said there is no reason to. It is extremely unlikely anyone will steal your key, and if they do, we can detect this and track down where the usage is coming from, disable it and correct the accounting as needed.

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    Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:29 PM