IP Geolocation connection Rule

Updated 2 months ago by admin

This Rule detects the location of the connecting IP address. It will classify the IP to a country of origin. You can then use the Rule to reject certain countries, or to only allow specific countries to be able to send email to your domain(s).

Since each customer has different location requirements, EMS doesn't ship with a pre-configured Geolocation Rule as part of the default Rules. If you want to take advantage of the Geo IP Location Condition, you'll need to create your own Rule, following the guidelines in this article.

Blacklisting certain countries

To create a blacklist of countries that will not be allowed to interact with your domain:

  1. Visit your USS Dashboard and click ProductsEmail SecurityConnection Rules.
  2. Click to create a new Rule.
  3. Give the Rule a sensible name, such as "Restricted IP Location - Blacklist", and click .
  4. Add a Direction Condition, with the logic set to Matches: Inbound.
  5. Add a Sender IP Geolocation Condition, with the Match Type set to Matches and the Value set to a list of the countries you wish to block.
You can add more than one country at a time, by simply continuing to add countries from the drop-down list.
  1. Add a Permanent Reject Final Action, with the Value set to 5.7.1 geoip restriction.
  2. Make sure that the Active checkbox is enabled, so that your new Rule will start working immediately.
  3. Click .

Whitelisting certain countries

To create a whitelist, specifying the only countries that will be allowed to interact with your domain:

  1. Visit your USS Dashboard and click ProductsEmail SecurityConnection Rules.
  2. Click to create a new Rule.
  3. Give the Rule a sensible name, such as "Restricted IP Location - Whitelist", and click .
  4. Add a Direction Condition, with the logic set to Matches: Inbound.
  5. Add a Sender IP Geolocation Condition, with the Match Type set to Does not match and the Value set to a list of the countries you wish to allow.
  6. Add a Permanent Reject Final Action, with the Value set to 5.7.1 geoip restriction.
Adding a Reject Action might seem a bit counter-intuitive here, but remember that you're asking EMS to reject any connection that doesn't match your Geo IP list - so, EMS will therefore accept any connection that does match.
  1. Make sure that the Active checkbox is enabled, so that your new Rule will start working immediately.
  2. Click

Whitelisting specific domains from a blacklisted country

If you want to allow emails from a specific domain, while still denying emails from that domain's country of origin, you can do so.

  1. First, create a Blacklist Rule, based on the example above.
  2. Create a new set of Rule Data, containing the domain you wish to permit.
  3. Re-open your Blacklist Rule for editing.
Don't create a new Rule - add these changes to your existing Blacklist Rule.
  1. Add a Sender in List Condition, with the Match Type set to Does Not Match and the Condition Value set to the Rule Data you created earlier.


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