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Rayobyte Publishes a Whitepaper on Preventing Proxy Abuse

The document describes Rayobyte’s three-pronged approach against bad actors.

Adam Dubois

Rayobyte, the US-based provider of proxies and web scraping tools, has published a whitepaper that lists the measures it takes to prevent malicious proxy use. 

The paper introduces Rayobyte’s three-pronged approach of prevention, detection, and response. The implementation differs depending on the proxy origin, whether the IPs come from data centers or residential users. 

  1. Prevention involves measures like port blocking and rate limiting for datacenter proxies. The residential proxy network requires additional safeguards due to its more anonymous nature, such as a KYC procedure and a blacklist.
  2. Detection comprises automated monitoring for potential DDoS activities, unauthorized access to graylist websites, and usage that fails to match the customer’s stated purpose. It also involves manual detection by investigating abuse emails and tracking spam databases.
  3. Response actions take place following a complaint – Rayobyte concedes that the step is mostly relevant for datacenter proxies which have a clear business entity assigned to them. In this case, that entity is often Rayobyte. 

All in all, the crux of fighting abuse with residential proxies lies in prevention, while datacenter proxy servers, which are presented as a less attractive tool for misuse, rely more on reactive measures. 

We’re happy to see that proxy server vendors are starting to take ethical proxy use with increasing importance. Despite a few slip-ups throughout the years, Rayobyte has been one of the more vocal voices in the field. 

You can read the whitepaper here.

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