Sunday, October 28, 2007

IP Address Ban Don't work Anymore

(see update below)

I have published a post How to ban IP address (click BACK button to get back to this page) and in its original version, tested to work. However, I do not have any IP address I would really want to ban, so didn't implement it for any of my own main blogs. However, a blog visitor commented that he couldn't get to the original site I used to generate the code to ban IP addresses. I checked and it was true, so added an update. Later, that site went offline, then online, then offline. I had to put up more than one updates. Then another blog visitor commented that that the site is online, but goes to a different address. The new address is

http://www.toolator.com/

Apparently, the site owner or owners have added more applications, of which IP ban is only one. You have to click on a link "IP Address Blocker" at the above site to get to

http://www.toolator.com/generators/ban/

This is the screenshot from the above site, after I have added my own IP address to ban so that I can test:

Generate script to ban IP address

If you click on the above screenshot, you will be able to see everything more clearly, including very faintly, my current IP address (mine is a dynamic IP address, which means it is not the same all the time. I may get another IP address if I switch off the modem, switch it on again to get back online) which is displayed faintly in red beside "Don't ban your own IP address:" My current IP address is

60.49.68.218

Today, I got another comment, asking how to add the URL to redirect the person(IP address) we want to ban. As I haven't tested the new site yet, I decided to test for my own blog Natural Remedies. It didn't work. I went to

http://ipchicken.com/

to reconfirm my current IP address, and it was reconfirmed that the above IP address is my current IP address. If you want to check your current IP address, copy the above URL and paste it into your browser address bar (preferably in a new tab with a browser like FireFox so that you do not need to lose this page.

I decided to test it for another of my blog Health is Wealth, and reconfirmed it didn't work.

The above 2 blogs use the New Blogger template, so I decided to test it on a blog Blogger old classic template store, added it direct to the template rather than through the LAYOUT as in the cases above, and it still didn't work.

I will have to do some further checking and will either add an update here or do a new post plus add a link to that new post here if there is any fresh development.

BTW, the latest question from the blog visitor was how to add the URL to redirect the person (IP address) we want to ban. (The IP address ban is not an actual ban but a redirect to another site that we ourself can specify). The original test was done a long time ago, so I cannot remember exactly, but vaguely remembered there was a way to add the URL of the site we want to redirect traffic from the IP address we want redirect to. However, when I did this test, there was no way for me to do that, so I assumed that the site to be redirected to would probably be that of the application creator. But as my test showed, it just didn't work. So you just have to be patient while I try to work this out.

In the meantime, if you happen to be reading this post and want to ban an IP address or you want to test it for yourself, I would very much appreciate you let us (me and this blog readers) know about your experience by adding a comment.

Update 29 October 2007: Got a response from the creator of this IP Address Ban who says he is having problems with his current webhost which I will paste verbatim below:

"The next couple of months I`m going to work on a new system on another webhost. So I hope to offer somewhere in the month January 2008 a new ip-blocker service. Maybe with some extra futures."

14 comments:

  1. indeed it has come at the right time as i wanted to ban some people......... hey check my site : http://geteasymoneyonline.blogspot.com

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  2. I am able to use the generated script from their site and it works successfully. I've added it as a Page Element using the XML Templates. As far as the redirect page, it's not clear what variable, if it all, is exposed to point someone to. The obvious test would be to append &VAR_NAME=address.dot.something to the src url for the script and see if that does anything.

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  3. Hello Peter. Do you still remember me??? Just wanted to let you know that i added you to my links. thanks again ;)

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  4. Hi black_mamba,

    Ribuan terima kasih or in plain English, a thousand thanks. How do you say that in Tagalog?

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger for Dummies

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  5. Maraming Salamat...........

    I've successfully added it, my connection has been a disaster since yesterday ;)

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  6. k a r l said...

    "I am able to use the generated script from their site and it works successfully. I've added it as a Page Element using the XML Templates. As far as the redirect page, it's not clear what variable, if it all, is exposed to point someone to. The obvious test would be to append &VAR_NAME=address.dot.something to the src url for the script and see if that does anything."

    Thanks for the alert. Don't know if you read the update (in red) at the bottom of the post. It says creator is working on the problem. Probably he has managed to solve the problem, but he didn't mention it would be so soon. Anyway, perhaps I need to test that again.

    Peter Blog*Star
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  7. It works. But since javascript is used to ban an IP address, your "banned" visitor can just easily switch it off.

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  8. Hi Angel,

    As mentioned in some comments of mine above, and in the update in the post, the creator has said he had problems his web host and is working on the problems. But he said he don't expect the problems to be solved until next year. Perhaps he worked overtime.

    Anyway, you input is appreciated. Thanks.

    Peter Blog*Star
    The easiest way to earn something for your blogging efforts

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  9. Hi Peter and others,

    I think I`ll be able to get a new ip-address blocker system online this year.
    I nearly finished a new system and now I`m working on some extra futures.

    The option to select a own redirect-page will come back.

    Extra furures I`m working on now are for example:
    - Ban more addresses at once
    - Ban an ip-range
    - Ban people who are using a proxy-server, (they`ll also be banned (optional)
    - Some extra logo-buttons to choose from.

    If someone has more ideas please let me know by comments into this post.
    (I`ll follow this post the next couple of weeks)


    Grtz. Martin
    the Netherlands
    http://ip.toolshell.com

    PS the new Blocker will be located on an other domain.

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  10. Goede dag Meneer Martin,

    Dank u wel voor U extra informatie.

    (In plain English, thanks for extra information. Was a student in Ghent, Belgium and that was where I picked up some Dutch language. Can't help showing off a bit here)

    I think banning a range of IP address is great and hopefully that can help address the problem of dynamic IP address to some extend.

    Please let me know as soon as it is ready and I will make a post on it. You can either comment or email me in the sidebar (near the bottom of the left sidebar I think).

    Peter Blog*Star
    Blogger for Dummies

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  11. I've successfully added the script to my site and tested it by blocking my own IP address. Please let me know when the option to redirect an IP address is available! I'd really like to use that.

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  12. is it ready yet?? LOL
    I was just looking on how to ban an IP address and I tried everything I could find so far...anything new yet? this post was written last year so I hope so! I will keep looking, in the meantime, please drop by my blog and let me know if an IP ban is available, just in case I don't find one! thanks :D

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  13. Thanks for giving this information. I am searching for how to change the ip address. and also i found a website for chk the ip address from ip details.com at a free of cost.

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  14. That's too bad. Personally I've been using IP Elk to check certain spam comments on my blog then adding it manually on my blog. Still works atm, let me know if it does too for you!

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