Blocking proxies?

Discussion in 'Members & Staff' started by chickenwing, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. chickenwing

    chickenwing Neophyte

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    Hello There!

    I currently help run a invisionfree v1.3 board. We banned a member ages ago who keeps showing up with puppets, spamming the board and attempting to run off members, we have blocked at least 20 ips and came to the conclusiont that he is running off some type of proxy...is there some way to ban proxies? some way to figure what proxy server he using?...any help appreciated

    chickenwing
     
  2. Tycoon

    Tycoon Games-Babes Admin

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    ya I wanna know too.
     
  3. Ackilles

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  4. Oghma

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    If my memory serves me right, AOL users of some versions have a change of IP everytime they log on. It's more likely that they are changing proxies if they really want to cause trouble, so check out the hostnames to see if they match before you try to track something.

    I know Arul's IP tracker might help out a bit. I seem to remember one time where they displayed multple IPs for the same username. However, thanks to the fluid nature of proxies, the best way is for you, your Smods/Gmods and your normal moderators to stay on task and handle anything questionable.

    If this member is a real problem (posting pornographic images each time, for example) than you can always contact a service provider about Abuse. If you need a link, I'm sure I can find one.
     
  5. Stoosh

    Stoosh Adherent

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    i used to use of one for vB but i found alot of my regular uses had problems with it
     
  6. RCB IT Solutions

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    there should be a law that all proxies use a hostname that includes the work proxy so they can easily all be abnned...lol...and well if they just use and ISP isuused ip that dynamic usually abuse@(ispsite) example abuse@aol.com but it can varry from isp to isp, usually isp have abuse contact info displayed in a whois for ip's issued by them.
     
  7. nitr021

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    last time i saw a list of all the good proxies was on http://hidemyass.com

    you might be able to see it, but I think they moved it to members only.

    sorry i cannot give you direct url as i got slow connection and loading pages is really lagging :(
     
  8. RCB IT Solutions

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    nope i can see it fine, they are one of those web proxy services, so i doubt they list the ips they use...lol but thats a good long list, someone needs to code a bot to get that list and ban those IP's. :coffee:
     
  9. dani190

    dani190 Bullseye Support Owner

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    lol, those proxies are so slow, or maybe thats how proxies are, it dropped my 4.5mb connection to a 300kb connection. Id never do that
     
  10. RCB IT Solutions

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    still faster than dial-up LOL

    it also depends on how far away the proxy is from you to some extent....
     
  11. dani190

    dani190 Bullseye Support Owner

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    yes but i would never do that i pay for high speed extreme im going to use high speed extreme
     
  12. City67

    City67 Aspirant

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    I always block proxies whenever I see one connecting to my site. I compare them to lists here.
     
  13. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Senior Citizen

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    HOW do you block them?

    Thanks.
     
  14. City67

    City67 Aspirant

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    Just a straight IP ban in the admin console. I use vBulletin if that helps.
     
  15. jnfr

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    Coming in a bit late here, but just wanted to add that proxy services aren't the only way to proxy-change your IP address. If you use something like Tor/Privoxy it runs directly on your PC and your address will change constantly.

    This is something privacy groups actually recommend to keep services from tracking your search records (see the info AOL released last week for the problems with that), but I don't know how a forum admin could get around it. Not a problem yet that I know of, but it probably will be!
     
  16. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Senior Citizen

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    That's not blocking a proxy, that's just blocking an IP address. I know how to do that, but that doesn't stop the trouble makers from using a different IP every 5 minutes.

    Does anyone here know how to block a proxy?

    Thanks,

    Jim
     
  17. Cory

    Cory Enthusiast

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    InvisionFree gives you no option to blocking proxies. And as other's have mentioned many users look as if they are using proxies when they really aren't, as an example AOL and NTL users from what I've heard.

    You can use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard ban. Other than blocking their IP Address directly, and using a wildcard you have no other options really besides beefing up your security.

    I would suggest sending in a support ticket from your board to get a direct response from the staff on the matters, I assume they would tell you the same thing though, ecspecially beefing up on security. There may be techniques included as well, but none of which that are related to InvisionFree.

    Perhaps this will be a future option within the release of Zeta Boards.
     
  18. City67

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    Oh you mean Globally as in ALL proxies everywhere? I dont know if theres anyway to tell if any specific IP is being used by a proxy server. If there was I would sure like to know.
     
  19. Sunny

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    I have emailed a few proxies and asked them to ban my forum because of abuse, which they have all kindly done.
     
  20. kennethtan

    kennethtan Enthusiast

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    If i am not mistaken, we can block any access from proxy by customize the source code. Alternative way is email those proxy sites and ask them to add your forum into their not approve list as per sunny's suggestion.
     
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