Thrive Adds City, Region & Connection Type Databases (Detect Proxy/VPN Connections!)

Nov 17 By Aziz Kamara

I know it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve finally released on Thrive the ability to track and create redirection rules for cities, regions/states, and connection types worldwide.

However, due to the sheer size of the databases and the need to keep them constantly up to date, this is only currently available to our Cloud Service users. If you are a self-hosted user, there is still a way to track city and region data, but it uses a 3rd party API instead of our internal database.

For our cloud users, these databases are kept up-to-date and are deployed “on-premise”, which means that when a visitor comes through your Thrive campaign link, there is no 3rd-party API request required to resolve all of this information.

This means that the redirect speeds stay blazing fast because we do not have to wait on a response from these 3rd party APIs before redirecting your visitors, unlike our competitors.

Detect Corporate/Proxy/VPN Connections

With this latest update, Thrive can detect the connection type of your visitors as one of the following:

  • Cable/DSL/WiFi
  • Cellular (3G/4G/LTE)
  • Corporate/Proxy/VPN
  • Dialup

As mentioned, you can create redirection rules and send visitors to entirely different funnels based on this data.

Yes, dial-up is still alive! According to CNN, more than 2 million Americans are still subscribed to AOL’s dial-up service. So just think how many are still using it in the rest of the world. Those people use the internet too.

The really cool thing with connection type detection is we are now able to detect non-residential connections. The detection capabilities are not perfect, but it’s a very high accuracy in the US and Europe, and it depends on the location for the rest of the world.

Being able to detect non-residential connections could help tremendously in filtering out unwanted bot traffic and spy tools as many of which rely on non-residential connections. This is another tool in the arsenal of our Cloaker/Bot Filter to give you the power to block unwanted traffic.

Interested in Thrive but wondering about the accuracy of these databases? Please contact us with some sample IPs and/or user agents, and we will be able to provide you with the information Thrive would be able to detect so we can demonstrate just how powerful the platform is.

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