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How do I deal with lots of genuine or not traffic from a single IP?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Stuart Wright, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    So we've notice via Google Analytics Real-Time reports that a bit under 10% of our online users are using iPads in Toronto. It's been this story for at least 24 hours with the top 3 pages here being the three being accessed.
    The PicturePerfect and custom installer map pages don't normally get more traffic than any of the other pages, so this prolonged spike is very unusual.


    I got our host to send me the log file and it shows these two IPs as the sources:
    How would you tackle this?
  2. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Maybe start by contacting netelligent and say you're seeing unusual traffic from one of their IPs and see if they can provide you any information?
  3. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Email sent. In the mean time what I really need is a tool to monitor the IPs visiting particular pages within Xenforo.
    A bit like Google Analytics real time. With whatever information we can get on whether this is a genuine visitor, a robot or a DOS attack.
  4. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    Piwik, the free alternative to Google Analytics (hosted by yourself), features a widget "Live!" where you can watch your visitors in real time.

    If you want, I can setup a free test acount for a few days, all you would have to do is add a small Javascript code to a Xenforo temlate (e.g. ad_below_bottom_breadcrumb). I assume a few days watching this would already help?
  5. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Thank you. Do you happen to know (it's not obvious in the documentation) whether you can filter by IP?
    I know some of the IPs causing problems. I'd probably then look at wanting to block those IPs through Xenforo.
  6. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

  7. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    AFAIK you cant filter by IP in Piwik Live.

    If you want to block someone, its probably better to block the IP at the firewall.
  8. AlexKim

    AlexKim Member

    Maybe you can try tail watch logs
  9. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Don't know what that is.
    I think I need an addon which shows in real time on any particular page the IPs and visitor types of the various sessions. With the ability to then filter to only see supposed human sessons. And then redirect chosen IPs to a page which either asks them whether they are human. And if they are not an option to return a 404 error for certain IPs.
  10. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    Whilst not meeting these requirements, do take a look at https://xenforo.com/community/resources/dedos-anti-dos-for-spam-bot-scrapers.3305/
    HWS likes this.
  11. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

  12. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Why not just IP Discourage/Ban via xenForo? :confused:

    @Stuart Wright?

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