What is Geoblocking
The technique of FlashStart’s Geoblocking allows you to inhibit access to websites that are physically hosted on Servers located in countries deemed at high risk of malware and compromising.
In everyday life, we are used to Geoblocking functions by streaming services that prevent the download for clients outside given areas; in this case the concept is exactly symmetrical: the client is protected everywhere while geographical discrimination concerns the country hosting the requested website.
In the module management panel it is possible to select countries or continents but also personalize a white list that permits access to safe websites, even if they are within forbidden areas.
Importance of Geoblocking
There are geographical areas such as Russia, the ex Soviet countries, China, North Korea, etc. which, despite being technologically advanced, have not developed organizations and agencies for the safeguard and legal protection of Internet traffic (such as the Postal Police) in order to adequately contrast cyber crimes.
Such legal shortcomings have over time encouraged a higher and higher number of hackers and web pirates who act without punishment.
Indeed, in high-risk countries, cyber criminals can clone websites without punishment or also create fake websites whose content may seem clean but that actually aim for phishing, smishing or the download of malware.
A similar issue arises from the sending of e-mails with dangerous content, which extends the reach of cyber criminals beyond spontaneous surfing.
Modern DNS Filtering platforms, based on Blacklists, represent an important protection tool but have an intrinsic limit.
This is why FlashStart, on top of the protection based on Blacklists, has a further weapon it can use, unique in its genre: Geoblocking.
Technically, geographical protection prevents the DNS resolutions of websites when the corresponding IP address is physically located in one of the countries blocked by the network administrator.
The Geoblocking module therefore goes back to the original server, whether it is for surfing or in the case of solicitation by e-mail. Seeing that it comes from a restricted geographical area, it prevents any access, thus avoiding any risk in advance.