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Akamai Customer Guide

These are the best practices that should be followed by an OTT broadcaster when implementing GeoGuard for location spoofing protection through Akamai’s Enhanced Proxy Detection (EPD) service.
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To ensure accuracy is as high as possible, and false positives are kept to a minimum the GeoGuard is continually updated. Updates are published to Akamai hourly.

Types of flags:

Must have flags for blocking to ensure the protection

  • is_anonymous_vpn
  • is_public_proxy

  • is_tor_exit_node

  • is_smart_dns_proxy

  • is_vpn_datacenter

Recommended to monitor the traffic for M&E and recommended blocking for other Fraud purposes

  • is_hosting_providers

Additional flags to monitor the residential hijacked IPs (no blocking recommended without other signs)

  • is_residential_proxy



This identifies blocks of IP addresses known to be currently used by VPN providers.


This flag identifies IP addresses known to be public proxies. These are used to anonymize users by hiding their real IP address.


This flag identifies IP addresses known to be used by the Tor Project, an anonymity network.


This flag identifies IP addresses known to be currently used by DNS Proxy providers.


This flag identifies IP address ranges owned by data centers that are known to collaborate with VPN providers. Some VPN Providers change their data center IP addresses too frequently to be consistently detected by Is_anonymous_vpn alone.


This flag identifies IP addresses owned by Datacenters & Cloud Providers.


This identifies residential IP addresses that have been compromised and are now used by VPN providers or public proxies to route traffic through.

To report False Positive cases, please contact ipintelligence@geocomply.com

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