Proxies & VPNs are becoming increasingly popular tools for online fraudsters to hide their identity and access stolen data. These are especially useful in a range of fraudulent activities, including account takeover, identity fraud, and bot attacks.
They can also be used to mask the actual geographic location of a user, allowing them to bypass geo restrictions and remain anonymous. However, not all proxies are created equal. Some of them can be incredibly malicious and cause serious problems for businesses, advertisers, websites, and other digital entities.
The best way to avoid being impacted by proxy & VPN detection API and VPN traffic is to integrate a robust proxy detection API that can proactively block spoofed and fake IP addresses. This will avert the risk of losing money to fraudsters and prevent their abusive behaviors from impacting your business in the long term.
Identify Fake & Duplicate Users using Proxy & VPN Detection
Our API identifies high risk proxies, VPNs, and Tor bots in real time, automating the quality control process for user reviews. This helps you to automate ad, payment, and transaction fraud detection without having to manually review high risk users.
Detect Proxies in All Countries, Including Newly-Assigned IPs
Our VPN detection API can also detect a user’s location, enabling you to stop spoofing and identify fraudsters based on their actual IP address. This is especially helpful for businesses that want to ensure they are only allowing legitimate subscribers from specific regions or for those offering OTT content that requires consumers to be located in a certain area.
Detect Private and Commercial Proxy Networks in Real-Time
Our proxy detection API can detect both residential and commercial proxies, so you can easily prevent these from accessing your website or causing trouble for your business. This is especially important for businesses that have sensitive and confidential information on their sites.
Detect Proxy Servers by Seeing What Headers They Send
Every header that’s sent can contain valuable information about a connection. In our case, this includes information about the browser, OS, and other relevant data.
For example, if you see that the IP has been sending requests to several different browsers and operating systems, it’s likely that they are proxies. This is because a proxy needs to be sending different requests from each browser and OS in order for them to remain anonymous.
You can also use our free proxy checker to find out if an IP is a proxy. While it can be difficult to detect all proxies, the free tool does work well.
Detect a user’s masked IP from their actual location
A small percentage of VPN, proxy, and Tor users mask their true IP address to access or stream content that is not meant for them, such as streaming services or games. This can be dangerous to both the content provider and the individual who’s trying to access the content, as they may not know whether or not the account is legitimate based on where it originated.