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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 at least 4 times a day.

Types of flags:

Must have flags for blocking to ensure the basic protection

  • is_anonymous_vpn
  • is_public_proxy
  • is_smart_dns_proxy

Additional flags to filter out non-residential traffic

  • is_vpn_datacenter
  • is_hosting_provider

Additional flags to filter out residential traffic

  • 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.

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