Proxy / VPN / Bad IP Lookup - IP Intelligence

IP Intelligence is a service that determines how likely an IP address is a proxy / VPN / bad IP using advanced mathematical and modern computing techniques

How It Works

Given an IP address, the system will return a probabilistic value (between a value of 0 and 1) of how likely the IP is a VPN / proxy / hosting / bad IP. A value of 1 means that IP is explicitly banned (a web host, VPN, or TOR node) by our dynamic lists. Otherwise, the output will return a real number value between 0 and 1, of how likely the IP is bad / VPN / proxy, which is inferred through machine learning & probability theory techniques using dynamic checks with large datasets. Billions of new records are parsed each month to ensure the datasets have the latest information and old records automatically expire. The system is designed to be efficient, fast, simple, and accurate.


The following assumptions must be met for the sake of accuracy and correctness.

Web Interface

The web interface allows you to quickly lookup IPs without touching any code. It is assumed that the IP you're looking up has made requests to your services on an application level. The web interface uses flags=f which requests full bad IP detection including compromised systems. If you wish to skip full bad IP detection, please use the API instead. A full lookup might take up to 5 seconds to complete because results are generated in real-time.

Interpretation of the Results

If a value of 0.50 is returned, then it is as good as flipping a 2 sided fair coin, which implies it's not very accurate. From my personal experience, values > 0.95 should be looked at and values > 0.99 are most likely proxies. Anything below the value of 0.90 is considered as "low risk". Since a real value is returned, different levels of protection can be implemented. It is best for a system admin to test some sample datasets with this system and adjust implementation accordingly. I only recommend automated action on high values ( > 0.99 or even > 0.995 ) but it's always best to manually review IPs that return high values. For example, mark an order as "under manual review" and don't automatically provision the product for high proxy values. Be sure to experiment with the results of this system before you use it live on your projects. If you believe the result is wrong, don't hesitate to contact me, I can tell you why. If it's an error on my end, I'll correct it. If you email me, expect a reply within 12 hours.


You can find me on Twitter, GitHub, or email. If I do not respond to your email within 24 hours then something wrong, check your spam folder. Please send an email to my gmail address, or contact me via twitter. Ultimately, I want the system to be as accurate as possible, so please let me know if there are any inaccuracies, I'd like to fix the issue. Let me know if you have any custom requirements such as more queries per minute, skip cache so it always gets the latest data and recompute the result, etc.

Datasets updates too often to keep track of, there's around ~ 804561000 pieces of information generating the results for your requests.