Release Notes for GeoIP2 Web Services

October 15, 2019

The following output has been added to the GeoIP2 Precision Insights web service, and minFraud Insights and Factors web services:

  • static_ip_score – An indicator of how static or dynamic an IP address is. The value ranges from 0 to 99.99 with higher values meaning a greater static association. For example, many IPs with a user_type of cellular have a lifetime under one. Static Cable/DSL IPs typically have a lifetime above thirty.

    This indicator can be useful for deciding whether an IP address represents the same user over time.

The static_ip_score output is present in the traits object.

October 14, 2019

This is a reminder that we are retiring support for requests using TLS 1.0/1.1, and unencrypted HTTP requests to MaxMind minFraud services on October 16, 2019. After October 16, 2019, these types of requests will always fail with an error. Please update to TLS 1.2+ to avoid service disruption. You may need to upgrade your technology stack to a later version, or make code changes to do so.

Contact us for support or if you have questions.

October 3, 2019

We have made improvements to how we identify cellular IPs for the connection_type field provided in the GeoIP2 Connection Type database, and the user_type field provided in the GeoIP2 Precision Insights web service and minFraud services. Accuracy for cellular identification should now be about 95% accurate globally.

October 2, 2019

You can now view a log of your MaxMind account activity, which includes a time stamp, requester, and subject, for the each of the following actions:

  • Creation of a new user
  • Deactivation of a user
  • User password changes
  • Email address / username changes

Account administrators can see activity across the whole account, while non-administrators will only see their own activity. You can find the account activity log in your account portal under ‘Account Information’ or here [login required].

September 19, 2019

The following outputs have been added to the GeoIP2 Precision Insights web service, and minFraud Insights and Factors web services:

  • network – The network in CIDR notation associated with the record. This is the largest network where all of the fields besides ip_address have the same value.
  • user_count – The estimated number of users sharing the IP/network during the past 24 hours. For IPv4, the count is for the individual IP. For IPv6, the count is for the /64 network.

Both of these outputs are present in the traits object.

September 16, 2019

8-hour interruption of old TLS and unencrypted minFraud requests on September 25, 2019

There will be a planned service interruption for all requests to MaxMind services that use TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, and for unencrypted HTTP requests to MaxMind legacy minFraud services (e.g. minFraud Standard, minFraud Premium, Proxy Detection web service, IIN service). This will take place for up to 8 hours from 14:00-22:00 UTC on September 25, 2019.

During the interruption, requests using TLS v1.0 and v1.1 and unencrypted HTTP requests to legacy minFraud endpoints will fail with an error.

To avoid service interruption, you may need to upgrade some part of your technology stack to a later version, or you may need to make code changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Additional info is available on our blog.

August 26, 2019

GeoIP2 Precision web service customers can now access anonymous IP data through the GeoIP2 online lookup form [login required] in the account portal. Select the GeoIP2 Precision Insights web service on the form when querying IP(s).

August 21, 2019

We have made improvements in how we detect business IPs for the user type field provided as part of the GeoIP2 Precision Insights web service and minFraud services. Approximately 1% of residential IPs were recently corrected to the appropriate business user type as a result of these improvements.

August 20, 2019

8-hour interruption of old TLS and unencrypted minFraud requests on August 28, 2019

There will be a planned service interruption for all requests to MaxMind services that use TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, and for unencrypted HTTP requests to MaxMind legacy minFraud services (e.g. minFraud Standard, minFraud Premium, Proxy Detection web service, IIN service). This will take place for up to 8 hours from 14:00-22:00 UTC on August 28, 2019.

During the interruption, requests using TLS v1.0 and v1.1 and unencrypted HTTP requests to legacy minFraud endpoints will fail with an error.

To avoid service interruption, you may need to upgrade some part of your technology stack to a later version, or you may need to make code changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Additional info is available on our blog.

July 24, 2019

There will be a planned service interruption for all requests to MaxMind services that use TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, and for unencrypted HTTP requests to MaxMind legacy minFraud services (e.g. minFraud Standard, minFraud Premium, Proxy Detection web service, IIN service). This will take place for up to 2 hours starting at 14:00 UTC on the three dates below:

  • Monday, July 29, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Friday, August 2, 2019

During the interruption, requests using TLS v1.0 and v1.1 and unencrypted HTTP requests to legacy minFraud endpoints will fail with an error.

To avoid service interruption, you may need to upgrade some part of your technology stack to a later version, or you may need to make code changes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Additional info is available on our blog.

July 15, 2019

We are adding postal code data for Singapore and South Korea. Effective July 22nd 2019, we will return the first 2 digits of Singapore postal codes and 5-digit South Korea postal codes where we have reasonable confidence in postal resolution.

April 18, 2019

In order to ensure your data is as safe and secure as possible, we will be retiring support for TLS v1.0 and 1.1, unencrypted HTTP requests to our legacy minFraud services, and our legacy minFraud SOAP API in the coming months. Please see our blog for more info.

April 8, 2019

To enhance the security of your MaxMind account, Chrome users can enable two-factor authentication (2FA). You can now add and require a (FIDO U2F) security key on top of your account credentials for a more secure log-in. See our support center user guide for information on how to set up 2FA.

January 24, 2019

We completed our most recent review and update of Geolocation for Crimea. Our accuracy has increased as follows:
Approximately 93% of website visitors who are from Crimea are currently located by GeoIP as being in Crimea. Approximately 99% of the visitors who are located in Crimea by GeoIP are actually in Crimea.

We currently locate Crimea in Ukraine, as we use GeoNames data and they locate Crimea in Ukraine. If GeoNames locates Crimea in Russia in the future, we will follow their change and post an announcement here as well as on https://twitter.com/maxmind.

In legacy GeoIP, we return a FIPS region code of 11 or 20. In GeoIP2, we return a iso code of 40 or 43 in the subdivision object.

Due to the nature of geolocation technology and other factors beyond our control, we cannot guarantee any specific future accuracy level. Further, accuracy figures are subject to change as IP networks are reallocated.

September 21, 2018

On Monday, October 1st, we will be changing a large amount of our U.S. coordinate (latitude & longitude) data* to use GeoNames coordinates for postal codes. This change will ensure greater consistency during our build processes. Around 95% of US coordinates will change with most moving about 1 mile. About 5 to 10% of US coordinates will move by more than 10 miles.

* Coordinate data is approximate and is not precise. It should not be used to identify a particular street address or household as it refers to a larger geographical area instead of a precise location.