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.

  • 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_tor_exit_node
    is_smart_dns_proxy

    Additional flags to filter out non-residential traffic
    is_vpn_datacenter
    is_hosting_provider

  • Definitions

    • is_anonymous_vpn

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

    • is_public_proxy

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

    • is_tor_exit_node

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

    • is_smart_dns_proxy

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

    • is_vpn_datacenter

      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.

    • is_hosting_provider

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

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