No, only requests that actually generate random values are counted towards your key's daily request limit. This means you can invoke the following methods from the Basic and Signed APIs ‘for free:’
We have DoS protection in place that will kick in if you issue more than 10 requests/second from the same IP address. If this happens, your IP address will be blocked for 24 hours.
If your applications requires a higher rate, please get in touch and we will help. Please do not distribute your traffic across several IP addresses to try and circumvent our DoS protection.
You can have up to 10 API keys in a regular RANDOM.ORG account. If you need more, please let us know.
Your API key usage is billed on a calendar month basis and happens retroactively on the 1st of every month. For example, billing for your API use in February will happen on March 1st.
If you don't have sufficient credit in your account on the 1st of the month, your RANDOM.ORG account will go into a negative balance. This will be flagged in the billing summary email you receive on the 1st of the month. We will not stop your keys at this point, but if it happens, you should add credit as soon as possible to make sure your API keys continue working.
If your account is still in a negative balance on the 3rd of the month, we will send you an additional warning email to remind you that your keys are at risk of being stopped.
If your account is still in a negative balance on the 5th of the month, we will stop your API keys and send you an email to inform you that we have done so. If you wish to start your keys again, you will need to add credit to your RANDOM.ORG account, such that it no longer has a negative balance.
For more information, please see the Billing Page.
We are happy to take additional questions! Just drop us an email.