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CloudFlare threat control. Require captcha by country.

June 8th, 2011 6 comments

CloudFlare has a cool feature whereby you can force visitors to enter a captcha code prior to entering your site. This is particularly useful if you are receiving an uncontrollable amount of spam from a country which is geographically of little or no interest to you. Although I have no need for this functionality myself, I like how CloudFlare themselves are maintaining their own ip-to-country lists and are extending this control via a simple interface.

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What I would personally have liked to see is the option to totally deny access rather than offer the captcha. This way, if you were doing something like this with say, apache, you would no longer need to worry about updating and maintaining ip-to-country lists of your own.

I do not and have no intention to block any country from my sites, but still, it would be a nice additional feature to have available.

VAServe at it… again.

March 9th, 2010 3 comments

I have just very happily flagged an e-mail from VAServ as spam.

Why? Well, no matter how many times I explain to them that I am no longer a paying customer, and no matter how many times they’ve asked me to pay for non-existent services, I am still receiving the likes of the following:


Subject: [OFFER] Windows HyperV via Poundhost/VAServ

Message: VAServe

What goes up won’t go down.

At Poundhost/VAServ we know that if your site is not up, your profits go down. Which is why we recently migrated your website onto a more secure Linux server platform.

However, threats are always evolving. To ensure that you are provided with the very best platform that’s reliable, secure, easier to manage, with greater interoperability and a substantially lower total cost of ownership, we recommend that you consider switching to Microsoft’s Hyper-V hosting platform.

Running on next generation virtualisation technologies Microsoft’s Hyper-V stores your data on a cluster of servers rather than one. So if a server is attacked, or goes down, the system automatically switches to the others. Thereby guaranteeing 100% uptime.

Migration is so simple you can do it yourself. However some of you may need to tweak or re-code your data beforehand to enable it to run on a Microsoft platform. Should you have any queries, call our contact centre on 01628 67 31 31.

Don’t delay though because we are prepared to offer a 10% discount to all those who migrate before 31st March 2009 using the coupon vdsmigrate.

See http://vds.poundhost.com for more information!


For your information VAServ, since you’ve lost all 3 of the VPS accounts that I had with you, I am still on a Linux VPS AND I have it on the cloud. So go sell your marketing bull elsewhere, not to people that you’ve let down so badly in the past.