Mar 30, 2021 — Enhanced Proxy Detection (EPD)

EPD enforces content rights management by blocking access to requests from malicious or anonymous VPNs and proxies. Akamai has collaborated with GeoComply, a third-party agent which provides the categorized IP dataset via their GeoGuard product, to provide our EPD solution. With this release, EPD has reached general availability status and several new features have been added:

  • Support for the Hosting Provider category. GeoGuard offers several categories of protection. Until this release, we didn’t support their “is_hosting_provider” category. This captures IP addresses associated with Cloud and CDN providers. This brought up concerns that ​Akamai​-specific IP addresses may be included if this category was applied. This has been addressed with this release. This category is considered optional and it’s available with Advanced set as your Configuration Mode.

  • Header Enrichment. This lets you include the “Akamai-EPD” header in requests to your origin. It tells you if a connecting IP address in a request is associated with an anonymous proxy. This can be especially helpful if you need to check the requester before providing access to your content.

  • IPv6 support. We’ve extended the EPD functionality for IPv6 addresses, too. We’ve included best practices and support mitigation actions for all of GeoGuard’s EPD categories.

See Add Enhanced Proxy Detection for complete details on the use of EPD.