We often get asked what is the difference between Bulletproof Hosting, hosting that ignores DMCA, and Offshore hosting. While DMCA ignored hosting, and offshore hosting can be the same thing, bulletproof hosting is completely different, so let’s see what exactly the differences are between them.
Offshore & DMCA Ignored Hosting
Offshore & DMCA Ignored Hosting often go hand-in-hand, but there are a few differences. Let’s have a look at DMCA Ignored Hosting first.
DMCA Ignored Hosting is a type of service offered to those who want to publish copyrighted content without having to worry about it being taken down by their host due to complaints from copyright owners. There are many hosting companies out there claiming to provide DMCA Ignored Hosting services, but not all of them are actually able to do that. This is due to the fact that these hosts are usually resellers of some other company’s services and do not own their own hardware and/or network. That being the case, any complaints received about a website hosting copyrighted content would go straight to the company whose services they resell, which would result in service termination. So, why sell DMCA Ignored hosting services when you can’t really deliver, you may ask? The answer is… ::drumroll:: – you guessed it – Money!
These companies hope that there will not be any complaints, and in many cases there really aren’t any. Unless the website has a considerable amount of traffic, the probability of copyright enforcement companies coming after it are rather slim.
Think DMCA Ignored Hosting plus extras. Offshore Hosting not only ignores DMCA, but also allows for other types of not necessarily legal or ethical activities, such as vulnerability scanning, password cracking, and hosting content that some people might find offensive. These hosts are typically based in countries where the laws governing hosting of such content are relaxed, or don’t exist at all. Examples include Russia, Ukraine, as well as Romania. Within the EU, the Netherlands seem to be a popular country for offshore hosts to provide their services from.
We’ve finally got to last part of the article, where we’ll try to explain the huge difference between Bulletproof Hosting, and the two other types mentioned above.
First of all, it’s a lot more expensive than DMCA Ignored or Offshore Hosting, and the saying “you get what you pay for” makes very much sense.
For Bulletproof Hosting providers, DDoS protection is an absolute ‘must-have’, as they host websites that can attract attention from activist groups that want them taken down. And, oh boy, DDoS protection services are expensive. Depending on the protection level and the type of solution used, the cost for DDoS Protection can be in thousands of dollars per month for the hosting company. Then again, if you’re in Bulletproof Hosting business, you can’t survive without it.
Bulletproof Hosting providers will normally host anything – with a few exceptions, such as CP and terrorist content. They will also ignore any content takedown requests.
Bulletproof Hosting providers will normally only ever accept anonymous payments, and will allow the customer to stay completely anonymous too.
Due to the nature of the business, Bulletproof Hosting companies almost exclusively accept irreversible payments, such as Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.