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Block a Country from viewing a website

Is it possible to block a website from being viewed in a particular country?

I have created a website for a client who resides in this country and does not want people searching in that country to find it. Is it also possible for my client to see it even though he's in that country?

Hope this makes sense!!
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BrighteyesDesign
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BrighteyesDesign
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
All someone has to do is use a proxy in a different country to get around any country-based IP restrictions you might put up.  Someone from that country who is currently outside the country will see the link and pass it to people inside the country and they will wonder what your client is trying to hide.  "Hiding on the Internet" is just about an oxymoron.  If you want to hide something, keep it off the internet completely!!
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BrighteyesDesignAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dave,

I tend to agree.

If after your advice though my client still wishes to block this country how would I go about it?
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
If you block a country you also have to block all common proxy servers in your country.

Take a look at this service:

http://www.blockanonymousproxies.org/countryblocker.asp

for free you can block certain geolocation the membership allows you to keep an up-to-date-list of proxy servers.

Tolomir
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rindiCommented:
You can't block countries. Only Governments could block your sites, as they often are in control over their ISP's and internet infra-structure. They can then enforce filters (that of course wouldn't be fool proof as you could still use a satellite connection over which they normally have no control).
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Dany BalianCTOCommented:
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If he still wants to block some country, that's fine.  Just make him understand that he is not hidden, that people who really really want to see his site will be able to get around it.
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
@rindi : you look at it the other way round. This is no Zensursula discussion, but a website owner that wants to block users from accessing his site, like youtube does with all GEMA content in Germany.

So of cause there are ways to block users from accessing the site, all it additionally takes apart from a geofilter is to block all relevant proxy servers that would hide the true origin: TOR network included.

Tolomir
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
And yes there is no 100% foolproof way, because private proxys foe small usergroups cannot be identified.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I could practically guarantee you that most governments and quite a few private companies have proxies in other countries that you will never know about.  If you are on the internet, you are not in hiding.
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
It should also help to use robots.txt files to block google and others from indexing the site contents.
A webserver that is not listed on search engines is much harder to find.
It also helps to register a rather cryptic website name.


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