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Re: FW: CountryHawk: New component for detecting visitor country of origin

From: Barry Caplan <bcaplan@i18n.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 08:05:46 -0700
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At 10:12 AM 6/12/2002 -0400, John Cowan wrote:

>Suzanne M. Topping scripsit:
>> Does anyone have comments about this product?
>I ran some tests on their online version with a sample of about 50 IP
>addresses I had country information for, and there were only about 2-3
>mismatches -- I don't entirely trust my data, so that seems reasonable.
>They are obviously tracking the allocations of IP space to various ISPs.

Which may or may not have anything at all to do with the location of the machine. I can dial up AOL from anywhere. I can tunnel from anywhere to anywhere. I can dial up my corporate network from anywhere and present a US ip address regardless of where I am. I could proxy the request from anywhere. IP allocations in various databases could be either wrong, and they change from time to time.

It would be very dangerous to use this approach on critical applications.

It bothers me that their web page (at first glance) does not describe the method they use at all - I know of companies solving the same problem using a way more sophisticated approach.

Barry Caplan
Received on Wednesday, 12 June 2002 11:07:56 UTC

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