Distil Platform Differences

Released in October 2016, Distil’s Apollo platform added new features and updated existing features that are not available in the earlier, Classic platform. These updates appear in the Distil Portal as well as in the platform itself.

1. Platform Differences – Table Overview

The table below offers a side-by-side comparison of features available in each platform. 

NOTE: Refer to section II for additional notes and screenshots.

A. Portal



Content Protection Settings

Domain-only configurations

Domain and path configurations. Also, path configurations can be matched via “Contains” or “Pattern” matches.

IP Access List

Located on Domain Settings page

Incorporated into Universal Access Control List

Country Block List

Access Control List

Whitelist and blacklist by:

  • IP
  • Country
  • HTTP referrer

Whitelist and blacklist by:

  • IP
  • Country
  • HTTP referrer
  • HTTP header
  • Organization
  • Hi-def fingerprint
  • Tokens
  • URL extensions

Universal Access Control List

Not available

Available. Includes My ACLs and Distil Published ACLs

B. Platform




Basic (IP address, header,
general browser attributes)

Hi-def (IP address, header, 200 device attributes, tamperproof layer)

Cache Management

Additional configuration and headers, depending on static and dynamic content

All file types automatically cacheable and protected

II. Platform Differences – Additional Notes and Screenshots

The sections below provide more detail on platform changes, including additional feature information and product screenshots.

NOTE: Refer to section I for a tabular overview of platform differences.

A. Portal

Settings and options that appear in the Portal vary depending on the Distil version associated with your domain(s).

Domain Settings

Settings for your domains have been streamlined and extended with additional features.

Content Protection – Updated

You can still configure content protection settings for your domain(s). Now you can also tailor specific content protection settings for individual paths. This is especially useful for site pages requiring unique sets of protection policies, such as login pages or a set of product pages. Watch our video overview and read more about using this feature in the Portal.


Figure 1: No buttons are displayed in the circled location in Classic domains.


Figure 2: For Apollo domains, Edit Default Settings
and Edit Settings by Path appear in the Content Protection box.


IP Access List – Updated

We’ve renamed IP access list (Figure 3) to Access Control Lists. You will now manage your IP access list—and all-inclusive ACLs—using the Universal Access Control List (Figure 4).


Figure 3: For Classic domains, IP access list opens the IP ACL.


Figure 4: For Apollo domains, Access Control Lists links to the Universal ACL.


Country Block List – Updated

We’ve removed the Country block list (Figure 5). You will now manage your country block list—and all other ACLs—using the Universal ACL.


Figure 5: For Classic domains, Country block list opens the country block list.


Figure 6: For Apollo domains, you can manage your country block list by clicking Access Control Lists and using the Universal ACL.


Universal Access Control List – New Feature

We’ve reinvented the ACL. This update enhances your blacklists and whitelists for entire domains—both web and API domains— as well as single URLs. Additionally, you can now create and manage multiple ACLs that are perfectly tailored for any purpose, granting or denying access according to user agents and device fingerprints.

You can also protect your static assets using a Distil-published and curated access control list. These assets typically include images (.jpg, .png, .gif), JavaScript (.js), cascading stylesheets (.css), and more. Configure this static content ACL according to your business needs and enable or disable automatic updates at any time.


Figure 7: For Classic domains there is no Access Control Lists link.


Figure 8: For Apollo domains, the new Access Control Lists banner menu item links to the Universal ACL.

B. Platform

Platform behavior and data collection varies depending on the Distil version associated with your domain(s). 

Hi-Def Fingerprinting

The Classic platform creates fingerprints having approximately 40 data bits for each visitor. The Apollo platform creates hi-def fingerprints that have more than 200 data bits each.

Hi-def device fingerprinting goes beyond traditional IP address-only identification. It actively pulls additional data from the browser to identify devices with great precision. By minimizing false positives and creating an even clearer traffic picture, this lets web defenders make access decisions with certainty.

Cache Management

The prior Classic platform only supported a handful of extension types that could be protected. The Apollo version lets you protect all of your resources—including static content. You no longer need to specify (static) file types. Learn more about configuring your cache settings here.

Once your domain(s) are migrated to Apollo, this also causes a rise in whitelisted requests shown on your Traffic Overview report.

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