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What is Border Gateway Protocol and BGP announcements?
Understanding Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) serves as a pivotal routing protocol, facilitating the exchange of information between routers on the internet. It's the linchpin that transforms the internet into a cohesive "network of networks", steering traffic amongst various ...
Autonomous Systems (AS) in Network Management: An Overview
What is an Autonomous System (AS)?An Autonomous System (AS) is a collection of connected Internet Protocol (IP) networks, routers and other network equipment. The main feature of an AS is that it's administered and operated by a single organisation or entity. Each AS is distinctively identified through a unique number called an Autonomous System Number (ASN). This unique identifier is provided by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)....
What is API Key Propagation?
The BigDataCloud API is built as an ultra-scalable, truly enterprise-level system, capable of handling virtually any volume of queries.To ensure optimal availability and broad geographic coverage, we've developed a decentralised network of API servers. With each query, the nearest available API server responds, ensuring ultra-reliable and low-latency service....
Understanding the Hazard Report
Our Hazard Report introduces a cutting-edge set of cybersecurity metrics that equip businesses with both reactive and proactive tools to tackle cyber threats.Reactive ApproachOn the reactive front, we track IP addresses against esteemed blacklist databases like blocklist.de, uceprotect.net, and Spamhaus. Additionally, through advanced algorithms and third-party intelligence, we can spot anonymisers, such as VPNs and proxies. However, it's important to note that this method primarily identifies only those services mentioned on these datasets. As such, it might miss freshly-emerging malicious services, potentially exposing businesses to significant threats....
How to not get IP banned while using our Free Client-side Reverse Geocoding API?
The Free Client-side Reverse Geocoding API has been designed for exclusive use on the client side, in strict compliance with the fair use policy. Any breach of this rule could lead to an IP address being banned from accessing the API, thereby preventing the use of any of BigDataCloud's free APIs....
FIPS Codes FAQ: Understanding Geographic Identification with BigDataCloud API
What are FIPS codes?FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) codes are a set of numeric codes used to uniquely identify geographic areas within the United States. They were developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to ensure consistent identification of states, counties, and other geographic entities in computer systems and databases. The number of digits in FIPS codes varies depending on the level of geography....
Getting Started with BigDataCloud's Premium APIs
To access BigDataCloud's premium API offerings, simply create an account and obtain an API key.Creating an Account:Click the "Sign Up" button located at the top right of our website.Follow the straightforward registration steps....
Understanding BigDataCloud's 'Confidence Value' for IP Geolocation Accuracy
The 'confidence value' is an innovative and more effective approach to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of IP geolocation data using BigDataCloud's proprietary technology. Conventional methods can only provide a single-point location estimate that may not represent the actual location of a dynamically assigned IP address. This issue is further compounded by the challenge of verifying and reconciling conflicting data from multiple sources, which explains why human-based validation remains a common approach, despite its limitations....
What is Confidence Area?
Due to the global shortage of IPv4 addresses, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are working hard trying to utilise the IP address space available to them, in the most effective way possible. Hence, they usually dedicate a pool of IP addresses, to a section of their network, which sometimes covers a substantial geographical area. This method of dynamic address allocation significantly minimises the number of IP addresses required to serve the area because it effectively covers the active users rather than the entire clients base....
Why is BigDataCloud's Reverse Geocoding API Free?
Reverse Geocoding turns geographic coordinates into easily recognisable location names or details. It's crucial for many online services that rely on location insights. While companies like Google charge up to $0.005 per request and have usage limits, BigDataCloud offers a unique proposition....

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