Take a survey and share your thoughts!

Although we often receive emails from customers where they ask us for features, tell us about bugs or other feedback we thought it would be a good idea to create a survey and ask our customers exactly what they think.

To take part simply click here no account is needed and we're not collecting email addresses. Simply make your selections and hit submit.

At the very bottom of the short survey we've included an optional feedback text field so you can write anything you want. Thank you everyone that takes part in the survey, it does mean a lot to us. We'll be linking to the survey in our customer dashboard for a short while aswell.

New threats page!

Today we've put live our new threats page which gives detailed information for specific IP Addresses. Similar to our web interfaces page but in a more eye pleasing and detailed presentation.

At the moment only the IP specific pages are live at the threats tab and in-fact if you visit the tab it will take you to your own IP addresses report by default. But we intend to add a live threat page there showing recent bad addresses that are attacking our customers infrastructure.

We're hoping the new threats pages will make the service more useful to the general public who are looking for specific IP information as the new threat pages can be indexed easily by search engines. We've also added links to the threat page for specific addresses shown within your dashboards positive detection log.

The page lookups work similar to the web interface in that queries made to it will incur against your querying address or API Key if you're logged in. We've done this to hinder web scraping, put simply it shares the same queries as your account this way.

We'll update you again once the main threats page is live, we're still working on that one.

Summer Cleaning

We think the saying is spring cleaning but we're almost through summer now. Over the past two days you may have noticed the site has gone through a lot of changes, especially the dashboard.

We've altered the appearance of many forms, added icons to most buttons across the site, improved the wording and formatting of emails and upgraded our previous site icon pack from Font Awesome 4 to Font Awesome 5 Pro.

We absolutely love Font Awesome and their newest icon series is the best yet, we've upgraded to their paid icons this time around (previous packs never had a paid option) because the new pro exclusive thin line icons are simply awesome.

We hope you all like the changes. We've had these in our development pipeline for quite a while since we did our last site appearance update on June 4th infact.

Thanks for reading and we hope everyone has a great weekend, we ourselves are taking the weekend off but we'll be back working on things on Monday.

Increased multi-check query limits, upgraded Web Interface and improved detection rates.

Today we've made a modification that some of our largest customers have been asking for, the ability to check more than 1,000 IP Addresses in a single query. This has been the limit since the v2 API was officially launched just over 7 months ago.

So today we've increased the limit from 1,000 to 10,000. This 10x increase should make it much easier for you to process older data, especially when you do it by hand through our Web Interface, however you are not limited to our web interface page as you can still perform multi-checks through the v2 API endpoint like normal.

In our testing we've found that as the volume of addresses in a single query goes up the time to process each individual address goes down. When checking 10,000 addresses for example we are seeing a processing time of 1ms per address (with network overhead not included of course). This is with all our flag based checks and results enabled.

We see a further decrease in latency to 955,000 nanoseconds (That's 9/10ths of one millisecond or 0.9ms). Per address check when just performing a proxy check with the VPN and ASN checks turned off. These latencies are incredibly low and that is the reason we've enabled the ability to check 10,000 addresses, essentially you can perform just a proxy check on 10,000 addresses in just 9.5 seconds and a full check with Real-Time Inference, VPN, ASN, Port and Type in 10 seconds.

In addition to this change, we know copying results from our Web Interface page has been annoying especially when you're checking a lot of addresses. Scrolling forever to be able to highlight three rows of 10,000 addresses would take a very long time. So we've added convenient copy to clipboard buttons to the far left of each result bar. Below we've included a screenshot.

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The last thing we wanted to discuss was our improved detection rates. Over the past week we've been working hard on improving our detection of VPN service providers and proxy servers. To that end we've added 78 new datacenters to our VPN database and improved our proxy detection rate by 0.5%. Although that detection rate may not seem like much when we're dealing with hundreds of millions of queries per day that kind of improvement can have a big impact.

We would also like to thank the customers that have been sending us information about the VPN companies and datacenter hosts we haven't been detecting, this information is invaluable as we continue to build our database and we really appreciate the time you've taken to inform us.

That's everything for todays update. We hope everyone had a great weekend.

Plugin page updated and new JAVA example framework

Today we've gone through our plugin page and updated the styling and also removed plugins which don't support our v2 API which we launched seven months ago.

Below is a screenshot showing the new design.

We are taking both our code examples page and plugin page very seriously as they are very important to the growth of our API which is why we've spruced up the appearance of both pages and are committed to showcasing your work there.

In addition to the plugin page update we've also added a new JAVA framework to our code examples page which was written by DefianceCoding who also authored Anti-Proxy one of the Minecraft plugins featured on our plugins page.

We're incredibly grateful for his JAVA framework and I'm sure it will help many developers to integrate proxycheck.io into their products and services. And of course it's utilising the latest v2 API so you can get all the latest features exposed by our API.

That's it for this update we hope you're all having a great summer.

Changes to query tagging and logging

Today we have made two significant changes to our positive detection log which appears in your dashboard and both changes pertain to the tagging feature.

If you're unaware, the tag feature allows you to supply a small piece of text with each query you make for your own reference. We then display those "tags" back to you with the query in your dashboard if the query was detected as a Proxy Server, VPN Server or was Blacklisted by your own supplied blacklists within your dashboard.

The first change we've made is if you now supply the value 0 for your tag (aka &tag=0 in the URL) we will not save this specific query to your positive detection log even if it's a Proxy, VPN or a Blacklisted address. So essentially you can now turn off the positive log on a query-by-query basis.

This has been a feature requested by users who want complete privacy. By enabling this feature the IP's you test would never be held on our servers for more than a few minutes and not committed to any kind of log.

The second change is if your tag is blank, meaning you don't supply the tag query at all, we will only log this entry to your positive detection log if your storage use for positive detections is under 10MB for the current month.

So what that second change means is, if you tag your queries with a piece of text nothing changes for you, we will always log and save those for you regardless of how much storage it uses. But if you don't supply a tag of any kind we will not save them if you're using over 10MB of our storage for your positive detection log within the current month.

We've made this second change because sometimes users come under huge proxy based attacks. For example 5 to 10 million positive detections in a 24 hour period on a single account is not unheard of for us. Storing all of those positive detections can be burdensome as they take up GB's of storage space.

These changes are live across both our v1 and v2 API endpoints and the API Documentation page has been updated to reflect these changes as-well.

Thanks for reading and we hope everyone is having a great week.