What is the geo filtering module, how do I use it and what are the performance affects?

The Geo Filtering module is an IIS module that ASPnix has developed to allow website owners to filter incoming traffic from specified countries. When enabled, our module does geographical lookups on the visitor’s IP address, then does an internal check against countries the website owner has restricted. If the IP address belongs to a blocked Country, the visitor is given an IIS HTTP 403 Forbidden page. Allowed countries can browse your site like normal.

The performance of your website will not be noticeably affected. In our tests, our module adds up to 50ms to the overall response of your site. We’ve done up to 1000 requests per second and saw no negative impacts on our test website.

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To activate it follow the steps:

  1. Login to our control panel system
  2. Select your website
  3. Select the Geo Restrictions tab
  4. Check the “Enabled” option
  5. Select the countries you’d like to block

If you have any questions, please contact our Windows Cloud Hosting support department.