IP geolocation databases can provide the physical location of a computer or device connected to the Internet. This data is useful for targeted advertising and implementing location-specific features or obtaining usage statistics. Despite becoming the Internet Standard in July 2017, IPv6 remains less commonly used and documented than IPv4 worldwide. Therefore, the available IP geolocation lookup data tend to be more accurate for IPv4 than for IPv6.Continue reading
Maximizing the profit is the ultimate goal of every business—and there are several ways to achieve that. For instance, you can reduce your expenses and product costs or increase your product or service prices. But generally, these strategies should be accompanied by techniques that seek to increase sales and find new customers too.
There are existing technologies in the digital world that can help you meet your business goals, and IP geolocation is one of them. In a nutshell, geolocation is the process of identifying the physical location of online users.
Whether intentional or not, businesses with an online presence—that is to say, almost all businesses have become global. Right now, people from any part of the world could be browsing your website! You can confirm that by looking at your traffic analytics.
The question is, how can you convert this traffic into sales to improve your bottom line? Geo targeting or geotargeting (regardless how you spell it) might be the key to that.Continue reading
WhoisXML API's IP geolocation services are powerful, reliable, and competitively priced sources of IP geolocation data. In particular, the IP geolocation API has a strong Python support: the simple-geoip package relies on this API, and it provides maybe the easiest way to get IP geolocation information in Python.Continue reading
Everyone leaves digital footprints behind while using Internet-based technologies. Besides, in the process of improving digital services, acquiring new companies, and doing business in general, organizations inadvertently create digital trails. When threat actors pick up the scent, the result could be devastating and costly.
Asset discovery can help organizations keep track of their technological assets, so they can apply the necessary protection and keep their overall infrastructure safe from malicious actors. How so? Let’s take a closer look.Continue reading
Forensic science has crossed over to the digital world in what is now called “digital or cybersecurity forensics.” And just like their physical crime scene counterparts, cybersecurity forensics experts need to hold on to whatever evidence they have and use it to get one step closer to catching the perpetrator.
Evidence comes in many different forms, but cybercriminals often use domain names and Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure since those assets are practically what makes the Internet work.
When creating botnets for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, for example, threat actors need to infect hundreds or thousands of devices. Each of these devices has an IP address, and the requests they send to the target’s server may sometimes contain the command-and-control (C&C) server domain. Even with their most effective entry point - phishing emails - the bad guys need to use domain names and subdomains.Continue reading
The Internet is one giant marketplace. If you are looking for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) option that you can use for your department, a simple Google search will give you dozens of them. Meanwhile, if you need someone to promote your business, the Internet can suggest several influencers depending on your niche. Once you find a company or person that matches your requirements, all of you have to do next is to contact the domain owner or website representative(s).
Contacting them may be easy since chatbots or contact forms are always available. But how can you connect with the owners of hundreds or thousands of domains without going through a chatbot or waiting for someone to answer the customer service line in each and every case? To help you, we explored four different ways to contact the owner of a domain.Continue reading
Email validation has become a necessity for organizations that aim to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. The process becomes all the more relevant as 65% of attackers use phishing as a primary infection vector. That’s not a surprise, since attackers have long been weaponizing emails to serve as entry points for cyberattacks.
The ease with which threat actors can create disposable email addresses also contributes to the threat. In less than a minute, they can create a temporary email address with tons of providers, which they then use to send malware-laden and phishing messages to target victims. For this reason, a disposable email domain database can make email security vendors and email validation programs in general more robust and comprehensive. Let us elaborate on that.Continue reading
These days, it’s unwise to assume that all websites are safe to access. For this reason, security teams typically advise employees against clicking on any links embedded in an email, especially from an unknown sender. This recommendation may even extend to suspicious search results that appear in search engines.
What’s more, for most companies, visiting websites that are not related to an employee’s work is a violation of established cybersecurity policies and procedures. Most cybersecurity policies include:
While this last policy may sound extreme to some, it has become common practice, especially among companies that want to beef up their cybersecurity posture. Their stance is ‘Prevention is better than cure’. And keeping employees from visiting potentially dangerous websites is always safer and more cost-effective than dealing with a ransomware attack or data breach.
Given this policy, though, how can one search for domain names that might help the business gain more customers? In parallel, how can security operation centers (SOCs) investigate suspicious online activities with domain names possibly involved in an attempt or attack? Thankfully, tools such as WHOIS Lookup enable SOCs and businesses in general to do extensive research without violating the cybersecurity policies mentioned above.Continue reading