IP black and white-lists

Add IP ranges to the black- or whitelist (i.e. 1.1.1.0/24). You can allow or block a single IP up to the whole internet.

Blacklisting is protecting your server and/or website from known bad IP’s. This can be after you have seen an attack on your server and know the IP address or a current blacklist you found on the internet. You can add them all to your blacklist. These IPs can be added one by one, however, they can also be added by range (for example, a /32 is a single IP but a /24 are 254 IPs).

The whitelisting is meant for IP’s you know you trust, like your own IP or the IP range from your office.

What is Qbine’s black- and white listing?

Inside Qbine, we have integrated a black- and whitelisting. To begin to understand black- and whitelists, let’s start by explaining what an IP address is. An IP address stands for Internet Protocol address and is a unique number assigned to every device or machine connected to the internet. You can see it as a passport. This means that every computer and mobile phone can be traced, be blocked or be allowed like a VIP. It is very important for you and your website to protect yourself from cyber bad guys, especially if you can prevent an attack because you have their IP address.

So to summarise the above: Qbine is the bouncer and you are the owner of the club. Qbine needs to know what IP address to block and who is on the VIP list (in other words: the white list). You manage your black- and whitelists inside your client area or via our Application Programming Interface (API). Just go to the website you want to protect from certain IP addresses and click on the black- and whitelist tab. You can add a single IP address with the x.x.x.x/32 netmask or for example 256 IP addresses at the same time with the x.x.x.0/24 netmask. If you want to block another full range, just use the netmask behind the IP address. It is important to know that the IPv6 is also available in the black- and whitelist but does not need a netmask.

How does it work?

Now we know that a IP address is like a passport. And if someone is doing you harm, you can block the person because you will know the IP address. We also know that we can block the whole family with the netmask. But how does it work? We have placed Qbine inside a reverse proxy. Inside the reverse proxy, we can do a SSL offloading. In other words – decrypt the request to see what’s inside the request. Without any encryption, it is now possible to read the request and its content like the IP address. If the IP address matches an address in one of your predefined lists, we will then handle the action that comes with it. We block the request if the IP address is on the blacklist and will do nothing if it is on the whitelist.

Differences between black- and whitelists

There are many blacklists on the internet that you should protect your website against. So in other words, a black list in Qbine is the list with IP addresses Qbine should block for you. “No questions asked, there is the door my friend”. You can add the IP addresses you know (perhaps your own or from your company) and trust on the whitelist. This way, you can be certain that you and everyone from your company only can access your website without any restrictions. With other words, the blacklist blocks every IP address on the list. If you are not on the list, you will be checked for weapons, scripts, robots and all the other malicious items. At last, the IP address on the whitelist can go through the VIP door without being searched at the door.

IPv6 black and whitelisting

We have developed Qbine in such a modern way that it is also possible to black- and whitelist IPv6 addresses. If you are not familiar with IPv6 or IPv4, let’s collaborate it. The normal IP address everyone is familiar with, are infect IPv4 addresses. Ab IPv4 is based on a numeric pattern separated by a dot, while a IPv6 is base on an alphanumeric pattern separated by a colon. Ipv4 uses a 32bit address scheme and was first deployed for ARPANET in 1983. Until this day, IPv4 is the primary internet protocol and carries 94% of the internet. IPv6 is developed in 1994 and is deployed for the need of more internet addresses. IPv4 can contain more than 4 billion IP addresses and that sure is not enough. On the other hand, IPv6 can contain at least 340 undecillion. Should you want to wrap your head around how many that is, let’s do a little math. If you are working at Serverius (just like me!) and you would get paid €390 trillion per hour, you would have to work 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year for almost 100 quadrillion years to earn undecillion euros. Do you see what I mean with ‘a lot of IP addresses’? So before we will have another IP range (perhaps like IPv8), I think it will not happen in at least a few centuries. But we will never know.

IP black- and whitelists for free?!

Our black- and whitelisting is included in the Qbine Q1 package. This means, when you request your 10-day free trial now, you will get all the features in Qbine for the full 10 days. After the 10 day free trial, you automatically get the Qbine Q1 package if you did not tell us otherwise . This means that after the 10 day free trial you will always have the black and white listing. So protect your website now and use the Qbine black- and whitelists.