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    Why are IRC chat clients or services banned from many hosting companies

    I personally have never used IRC, i have seen it on youtube but never used it personally.

    But i was curious why when i check TOS for other hosting companies, many of them ban IRC or related services and it is a violation of TOS to install them.

    I am sure i will get the same question from one of my customers, so i thought i would ask just to be sure i understood..

    thanks

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    Because it is inviting ddos attack :-)
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    I view IRC network as a haven for illegal activity (software/music piracy, botnets, credit card fraud, etc..). Perhaps hosting companies share the same view.

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    Thanks for the info, i shall relay the data back to my customers should they ask..

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    There's nothing "web hosting" about IRC anymore than newsgroups. That's not web.
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    Because the require background daemon process and that can cause problems on shared hosting. That's why you have specialist IRC hosts where IRC clients are configured to use one daemon on the server instead of one per install.
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    Ircs should be only in irc environments. Having irc in shared hosting environments can cause many problems it isn't good at all. It opens doors for things which aren't good and can cause downtime.

    Also a lot of hackers use irc to chat about illegal things such as credit card fraud and many more topics.

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    Illegal activity and potential for DDOS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durangod View Post
    I personally have never used IRC, i have seen it on youtube but never used it personally.
    I am not surprised, it's so 90s, early 00s

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