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Friday, November 24, 2006

The IP-to-Country Handbook

The IP-to-Country Handbook
The IP-to-Country Database and Tools can be used for:
  • Real Time Geo-Locating (Country)
  • Provide Location Aware Content (language, currency, etc.)
  • Corporate Websites/E-commerce (think global, act local)
  • Fraud Detection (Credit Card Fraud, etc.)
  • On-line Campaign (targeted Banner Ads)
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Web Server Log Analysis
  • Auto-selection of fields on forms (country, currency,language, etc.)
  • Filter access on basis of originating country
  • Spam Filtering

Although not 100% accurate, the IP-to-Country Database is about 98% accurate on country recognition. The main reasons for this lie in the existence of dynamic IP addresses and Internet access through proxy servers. Also, it should be noted that the IP-to-Country Database seeks to indicate the country where resources were first allocated or assigned and are not an authoritative statement of the location in which any specific resource may currently be in use. These cases are very difficult and sometimes impossible to map. However at this moment the IP-to-Country Database is by far the most accurate way to determine the location of Internet users in real-time.