MaxMind website and services unaffected by Heartbleed Bug

MaxMind’s website and services were unaffected by the recently announced Heartbleed bug in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library.

The discovery of the Heartbleed bug means your encrypted connections with websites that used particular versions of the OpenSSL library (versions 1.0.1-1.0.1f and 1.0.2-beta1) may have been compromised, exposing your logins, passwords, and other data. MaxMind does not use a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL library on internet-facing servers. So you need not worry that your credentials or data were compromised.

This article on ReadWrite describes the bug in more detail as well as what to do to determine if your servers are vulnerable and how to protect yourself personally.

We strongly recommend you change your passwords on any sites affected by the bug. You should assume a site was affected unless you hear otherwise. Mashable and CNET provides a partial list of sites affected by the bug.

Please contact support@maxmind.com with any questions.

MaxMind Speaking at MRC. March 20, 2014 – Mark Your Calendar!

MaxMind, the industry-leading provider of IP intelligence and online fraud detection tools, has been invited to present at the 2014 Merchant Risk Council (MRC) eCommerce Payments & Risk Conference in Las Vegas. We are excited to be joined by a top Risk Analyst from our merchant partner, Shopify, the leading commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between. Continue reading

Access MaxMind’s web services via IPv6

We’re happy to announce that MaxMind’s roll out of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) access for our GeoIP2, Legacy GeoIP, Proxy Detection, and minFraud web service endpoints is complete. This update means each service is queriable at an IPv6 address in addition to existing Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses; no API updates are required. Your development team will be happy to know that MaxMind is IPv6-ready as Internet users transition to IPv6.
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Introducing the GeoIP2 Beta

We are happy to announce the public beta of GeoIP2. GeoIP2 is the successor line of products and services to the GeoIP brand of IP intelligence data (Note: not all GeoIP ‘Legacy’ products and services will have GeoIP2 counterparts).

The transition to GeoIP2 is an ongoing project and this blog post is intended to provide an accessible summary of what GeoIP2 is all about. The latest updates will be documented throughout our main site and our developer site.
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Why should I use the minFraud service’s ‘riskScore’ instead of ‘score’?

The ‘riskScore’ is the most actionable piece of data returned by MaxMind’s minFraud service. The ‘riskScore’ simplifies the accept/reject/review decision for online orders, helping merchants to prevent fraud and reduce time spent on manual review. This blog post will explain why minFraud service users should use the ‘riskScore’ instead of the ‘score’ to catch fraud.

Prior to February 2007, before the ‘riskScore’ was introduced, the only risk estimation element the minFraud service returned was the ‘score’ value. The ‘score’ ranges from 0-10 and is calculated by a static risk model formula that uses previously observed risk factors. This return value is deprecated and the risk model behind it is no longer updated. The actual formula used to calculate the ‘score’ can be found here.
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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.