Is My IP Address Blacklisted?

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If you are wondering if your IP has been blacklisted by over 50 DNS spam filters, then you should check out the site XMyIP Blacklist Check. Is my IP address blacklisted?

Is my IP address blacklisted - XMyIP Blacklist Check

Check your IP address status

You will be able to check your IP to see if it has been put on a blacklist, you can now see why your emails have been going to spam filters. Even if you are not sending spam you may be put on one of these lists, as it is done all automatically by the servers and if it thinks you are sending spam then you can be sure to find yourself added onto this list.

Most residential and Cable/DSL connections are blacklisted. This is why it’s important not to send out your mass emails using that connection. You should be using your ISP connection for sending these out.

IP address tools

This site has many other tools also you can check out, many are fun to try out and use. You can do IP tracking, traces, and many other cool features. If you’re wondering how to check to see if your IP has been blacklisted it is very easy to do, just put your IP into a URL form and check the databases against your mail server IP. If it’s in the database then you have been blacklisted by that spambot.

My IP Address Is Blacklisted. What To Do?

If you keep receiving emails that you would like to send back to your inbox, then there is a great chance that your IP is blacklisted.

That means, that you are not able to send any emails until your IP gets deleted from the list. There are different ways how to get your IP from that list, but first, let’s check that your IP is really blacklisted. The emails that you receive back should look something like this:

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address (es) failed:
yourname@yourdomain.com
SMTP error from remote mailer after RCPT TO:
yourdomain.com [205.235.xxx.xxx]: 550-Message rejected because yourdomain.com [205.235.xxx.xxx] is blacklisted at
550 bl.spamcop.net see Blocked – see 
http://www.spamcop.net/bl.shtml? 205.235.xxx.xxx

How to get your IP removed from the blacklist?

The easiest way to get your email working again is to just wait. Most of the IP’s get off the blacklist in 24 hours. If this does not help or you just do not want to wait so long, you should write an email to your host, and they should be able to help you with your problem and they can also tell you what exactly has been going on with your email address that it got blacklisted. It’s probably a malicious software on your computer or a warez script on your web server that is sending out spam emails.

How to check your IP address

If you want to see who blocked your mail server IP address (blacklisted IP address), check here. Enter the IP address and press Submit.

If you would like to fix this problem as soon as possible, go to http://www.abuse.net/relay.html and enter your IP and email address and click on “Test for relay”. This can speed up the un-listing process, but the process can still last for 24 hours.

Blacklisted IP address workaround

If you are IP address blacklisted there is other ways to go about getting your emails out of the junk folder, this will involve changing or hiding your IP. Some areas you won’t be able to do this though, and you will be stuck sending the mail to junk folders. Using proxy servers or VPN services are other ways to go about getting to sites where your IP address has been blacklisted, you will be able to do anything you normally would be able too, but you will need a new account.

How Do You Prevent Yourself From Using a Blacklisted IP Address?

On the previous article, I dealt with VPN services multiple IP addresses and spam. I addressed the issue of using a blacklisted IP address. Let’s see in this article, how this can affect you.

So as to give some background, we all know that when you are using one VPN service provider to connect to the internet, you are given a different IP address that your ISP has assigned to you. Now, considering that most VPN providers has limited IP address to assign to all their users, meaning that IP addresses are shared, there will come a time where you’ll be using one IP address that has been used by another customer. Now the question is, how does it affect you if that previous customer has done something nasty/banned?

So how do you check that you won’t get those blacklisted IP addresses?

So far, there actually isn’t one central database on the internet that collects the list of banned IP addresses (that would be nice if someone ever develops it, though). Anyway, some initiatives are worth mentioning: this includes the Spamhaus which is mainly used for protecting from e-mail spammers- it may be worth checking your IP address from this database.

Another option is to check your IP against a list of 100 spam domain database at DNSBL. Although checking against those databases don’t ensure that you are using a safe IP address, it can help when choosing a VPN provider too. How do you do that?

How to choose a VPN provider with no blacklisted IP address?

In fact, before opting for a VPN provider, you can either ask directly the VPN provider for their policy against spammers (this is the simplest way, and you can receive honest answers), or you can ask for some sample IP address you would receive if subscribing to their service, then check that IP address against the database aforementioned.

Conclusion

Anyway, this post isn’t about denigrating VPN service providers, it just pinpoints issues you may encounter when using VPN since you’ll be using shared IP address. In fact, this issue is not exclusive to VPN providers since the same applies to the IP address your Internet Service Provider is giving you. The issue just got bigger with VPN since spammers have access to a bigger set of IP addresses that are located in different countries.

Is my IP address blacklisted? Have you checked yours?

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5 comments… add one
  • Good Post Jun 6, 2008

    Well if you want to know if your IP is blacklisted over the most important RBLS you can use this tool:

    dnsqueries.com/en/check_banned_ip.php

  • hughesey Feb 18, 2010

    You can also check over 30 different blacklists here:

    viewdns.info

    Its a nice fast site, with clean output and its FREE!

  • Dave May 4, 2010

    Hi, i also think you should take a look at the w3dt.net blacklist checker over at:
    http://w3dt.net/tools/arbl/ — It has some extensive blacklist checking features and a whole stack of other IP tools that are well worth a look also 🙂

  • Alvin Feb 26, 2011

    Someone told me recently that the email I had sent them (from my home network) ended up in their junk mail and that my IP address was blacklisted. What does the article mean when it says “You should be using your ISP Connection” to send emails?

  • Casey May 20, 2011

    Upon checking my IP address over at IP Elk then cross-referencing it with a blacklisted ip list site, it’s good to know that mine’s not included. But I’ve bookmarked this page for future references, just in case. So thanks alot for that!

    Regards,
    Casey

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