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IP reputation definition

IP reputation refers to the credibility score assigned to an internet protocol (IP) address based on past activities. It's integral to various cybersecurity mechanisms used to combat spam, fraud, and cyberattacks. An IP address with a good reputation is less likely to be flagged by security systems, while one with a poor reputation can be blocked or restricted.

See also: personal VPN

IP reputation examples

  • Email services: Email servers often use IP reputation to filter out potential spam emails. If an IP address is known for sending spam, the server might block or flag emails from it.
  • Web security: Websites might block or restrict access to IP addresses with a poor reputation to protect against attacks or fraudulent activities.

Pros and cons of IP reputation


  • Effective spam control: IP reputation can significantly reduce the amount of spam that users encounter.
  • Improved cybersecurity: It can aid in detecting and preventing various types of cyber threats.


  • Fallibility: The system isn't perfect and might sometimes block legitimate traffic.
  • Complications with shared IPs: If an IP address is shared by multiple users, the actions of one can affect the reputation of all.