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Reverse Geocoding for the Masses – Apache Nutch

The Apache Nutch community has been hard at work developing an open source web crawler. Nutch is a mature, production ready web crawler powering data acquisition, search and discovery for a broad spectrum of organizations over a broader spectrum of use cases. The Nutch 1.x branch enables fine grained configuration and relies on Apache Hadoop™ data structures, which are great for batch processing.

This post documents how reverse geolocation features were added to Nutch via MaxMind’s GeoIP2-java API, making good use of server IP addresses acquired within a Nutch crawl. Readers will take away:

  • insight into why geocoding is appealing in today’s markets,
  • practical code examples from the Nutch 1.x branch, showing how to use the GeoIP2-java API in order to geocode based on server IPs.

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MaxMind announces corporate giving program

MaxMind is pleased to announce our corporate giving program – we plan to give away over 50% of our profits to charity.

Since its inception, MaxMind has focused on creating value for our customers, especially where the ratio of value to effort is high. It is exciting how technology enables us to write code once and deploy it to thousands of customers to solve problems. For marketing, we focus on strategies that have high impact per dollar invested, including detailed, transparent information about our products on our website and our freemium model for geolocation databases.

Similarly, with charitable giving, we look for opportunities to apply research to find how our funding can have high impact per dollar invested. Sometimes the most cost-effective program can be surprising. For example, according to MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, deworming may be one of the most effective ways to increase student participation in school.

The for-profit space seems more and more crowded with great companies pursuing great ideas. There appears to be no shortage of angel and venture capital for technology startups, and competition is intense. On the other hand, the non-profit space appears a lot less crowded, as there are fewer funders pursuing innovative solutions.

We would like to thank our customers for making this possible!

To learn more about MaxMind’s charitable giving, visit our Corporate Giving page.

 

Proxy detection – why fraudsters give proxies a bad name

When it comes to fraud detection, finding proxies is a big topic. But why? Fraud detection begins with thinking intelligently about the IP address associated with a transaction. Where is that IP address, and how does that location relate to other transaction data? Whereas most IP addresses inspire confidence, those associated with a proxy generate suspicion.

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“AVS” and “CVV” Declines – Maximize Conversion AND Fraud Protection

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Welcome to our first installment of MaxMind’s Best Practices Blog Series!

In this post, we discuss using the minFraud Service in conjunction with your AVS and CVV declined transactions in order to help you increase your conversion rate and stop more fraud.
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Who has the most accurate IP geolocation data?

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When it comes to choosing between the multiple IP geolocation data providers out there, our customers have told us they are most interested in one thing – accuracy. The question is, who provides the most accurate data?

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Welcome to MaxMind

Hello and welcome to MaxMind’s official blog. This blog will provide you with valuable information, whether you’re a MaxMind customer or not.

Our blog will primarily cover IP geolocation and the prevention of online fraud. We will address these topics from both technical and non-technical viewpoints. On occasion, we will also share status updates on what we are working on here at MaxMind. We appreciate your feedback and would love to hear about what you’d like to see on our blog.

MaxMind in a Nutshell

We are a tech-driven, customer-focused company committed to providing great products and services. We want to build the the best IP geolocation and fraud detection systems in the industry and make them available to everyone.

We keep our prices low and our sales process simple. You can visit our website right now and sign up for any of our products. There’s no lengthy sales process, just a simple web form. You don’t have to talk to a sales person, though we’d love to hear from you. We’re happy to talk to you via email or online chat if you have questions.

We make our services as easy to use as possible. All of our web services are clearly documented on our developer website. We also believe in open source. You can follow us on GitHub, where we publish our client APIs, as well as the spec and creation tools for our new IP database format.

Watch this space! You can also follow us on Twitter as @maxmind.