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Protecting Laravel Sites with IP Intelligence

Originally published by Samuel Oloruntoba at scotch.io

From the moment you publish a website, you need to be wary of security. From hackers to script-kiddies, you can’t always be sure of where the next attack could come from.

So, as developers, we are always on the prowl for the next best thing when it comes to protecting our website(s).

In this article, we will cover a simple way of how we can use IP intelligence to detect unwanted connections and protect against insecure requests.

Table of Contents

  • What is IP Intelligence
  • Getting Started
  • Making a Request to IPAPI’s Server
  • Creating Our Middleware
  • Improving for Performance
  • Conclusion

What is IP Intelligence

When most people hear IP intelligence, the thing that comes to mind is “locating users from their IP address”. But, it doesn’t stop there, IP intelligence can be used to accomplish many things:

  • Content personalization.
  • Currency detection.
  • Fraud prevention.
  • Time Zone lookup.
  • Language redirection.

The list above is just a handful of things that can be achieved using IP intelligence.

Building a service that can do all the things listed above can take a lot of time and resources. So, instead of building and managing such a service, that’s what the sponsor IPAPI of this article does.

Getting Started

Our firewall will be built as a middleware for our application, meaning a request coming into our app will pass through this “filter” and reject suspected bad actors.

For demonstrating how we could build a simple middleware to protect our apps, we will be creating a Laravel projectNote, the same can be done in any programming language of choice

composer create-project laravel/laravel firewall --prefer-dist

So, head over to IPAPI and create an account. After that, you’ll see a secret key that has a similar structure to 86ebc30b4adfc508e48bf1b489140fe3. Grab whatever your own is and add it to your .env file.


After that open config/services.php and add the following array value.

'ip' => [
    'key' => env('IPAPI_ACCESS_KEY'),

The last thing to do is to install GuzzleHttp which will be used to make a request to IPAPI’s server.

composer require guzzlehttp/guzzle

After that, we can then build our middleware.

Making a Request to IPAPI’s Server

So, IPAPI offers two endpoints for us to use.

  • api.ipapi.com/api/<ip> where we provide the IP we want to check.
  • api.ipapi.com/check will guess the incoming IP address and give a response (good for requests coming from the browser.

We are most interested in the first one because using the second one will retrieve the IP of our server instead of the incoming request. So, using the first one, we can capture the user’s IP and forward it to IPAPI.

After we create a request like:

GET https://api.ipapi.com/api/

The response will look something like this

    "ip": "",
    "hostname": "",
    "type": "ipv4",
    "continent_code": "NA",
    "continent_name": "North America",
    "country_code": "US",
    "country_name": "United States",
    "region_code": "NY",
    "region_name": "New York",
    "city": "Brooklyn",
    "zip": "11238",
    "latitude": 40.676,
    "longitude": -73.9629,
    "location": {
        "geoname_id": 5110302,
        "capital": "Washington D.C.",
        "languages": [
                "code": "en",
                "name": "English",
                "native": "English"
        "country_flag": "http://assets.ipapi.com/flags/us.svg",
        "country_flag_emoji": "🇺🇸",
        "country_flag_emoji_unicode": "U+1F1FA U+1F1F8",
        "calling_code": "1",
        "is_eu": false
    "time_zone": {
        "id": "America/New_York",
        "current_time": "2018-09-24T05:07:10-04:00",
        "gmt_offset": -14400,
        "code": "EDT",
        "is_daylight_saving": true
    "currency": {
        "code": "USD",
        "name": "US Dollar",
        "plural": "US dollars",
        "symbol": "$",
        "symbol_native": "$"
    "connection": {
        "asn": 22252,
        "isp": "The City of New York"
    "security": {
        "is_proxy": false,
        "proxy_type": null,
        "is_crawler": false,
        "crawler_name": null,
        "crawler_type": null,
        "is_tor": false,
        "threat_level": "low",
        "threat_types": null

We can see that IPAPI does a lot of work for us. For this, however, for this article, we are interested in the “security” part of the response.

    "security": {
        "is_proxy": false,
        "proxy_type": null,
        "is_crawler": false,
        "crawler_name": null,
        "crawler_type": null,
        "is_tor": false,
        "threat_level": "low",
        "threat_types": null
    } ...

Taking a closer look at the security portion, we can see that IPAPI does a lot of checks for us. From giving the response a security rating, to checking if the incoming request is from the TOR network. It even tells us if a crawler is making the incoming request.

Creating Our Middleware

Middlewares are mechanisms that sit in-between an incoming request and your app. Scotch has a short intro to Laravel middlewares.

Now, we’ll move into the root of our project and run

php artisan make:middleware IPFirewall

After we’ve created the middleware, we can find it in app/Http/Middlewares/IPFirewall.php you will see something similar to;


namespace App\Http\Middleware;

use Closure;

class IPFirewall

  • Handle an incoming request.
  • @param \Illuminate\Http\Request $request
  • @param \Closure $next
  • @return mixed
    public function handle($request, Closure $next)
    return $next($request);

So, to protect our server, we can do this:

public function handle($request, Closure $next)
$ip = $request->ip();
$key = config('services.ip.key');
$url = "http://api.ipapi.com/api/{$ip}?access_key={$key}&amp;security=1";

// make request
$client = new Client;
$response = $client-&gt;request('GET', $url);
$data = json_decode((string) $response-&gt;getBody(), true);

if (!array_key_exists('security', $data)) {
    return false;

return $data['security']['threat_level'] === 'high' ? abort(403) : $next($request);


From the request above:

  • We first get the incoming IP address of the user
  • Then we build our request to send to IPAPI,
  • When we get a response from IPAPI, we check if the security response exists
  • Then if the request threat level is high, we want to restrict user access.

Improving for Performance

The above solution is not the best implementation we have. Because this means that the request is going to slow down for every incoming request.

Because Laravel has a cache layer, we can use that to our advantage by doing

public function handle($request, Closure $next)
$ip = $request->ip();
$insecureRequest = Cache::remember(“firewall_$ip”, function() use ($ip) {
// build parameters
$key = config(‘services.ip.key’);
$url = “http://api.ipapi.com/api/{$ip}?access_key={$key}&security=1”;
// make request
$client = new Client;
$response = $client->request(‘GET’, $url);
$data = json_decode((string) $response->getBody(), true);
if (!array_key_exists(‘security’, $data)) {
return false;
return $data[‘security’][‘threat_level’] === ‘high’ ?? false;
return $insecureRequest ? abort(403) : $next($request);

Calling Cache::remember() will tell Laravel to fetch a value from the cache, if it doesn’t exist, it’ll run the closure and return the value from the closure to the cache.

Using the IP address as the unique key, Laravel will first try to fetch the IP’s threat status. If it the request is considered an insecure request, Laravel aborts. Otherwise, the request is allowed through, and we only need to perform the check every once in a while.


IPAPI is a great service used many companies, give them a shot and improve your application security.

Originally published by Samuel Oloruntoba at scotch.io


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