Web Server Load Balancing with NGINX Plus

F5 Device ID+ is a real‑time device identifier that utilizes advanced signal collection and proven machine‑learning algorithms to assign a unique identifier to each device visiting your site. Deployment is simple, with immediate benefits for your security, networking, fraud, and digital teams. Never has understanding the unique devices visiting your applications been so easy.

Even better, F5 Device ID+ is free to NGINX Plus customers!

Benefits of Using F5 Device ID+

Strengthen application security – Strengthen attack detection and mitigation analysis through accurate device identification. Recognize returning devices that your security systems have already flagged as suspicious.

Optimize traffic management – Incorporate a unique identifier for each device into routing logic to better manage and optimize network traffic. Identify devices even when malicious actors manipulate Layer 7 data.

Mitigate fraud and risk – Monitor customer behavior across new account creation, user authentication, e‑commerce checkout, and financial transactions to keep customers safe.

Personalize and accelerate online experiences – Make login, checkout, and authentication seamless for known returning users and devices. A/B testing by F5 demonstrates that reducing security friction increases revenue, and device identification is an important element in any strategy for friction reduction.

How F5 Device ID+ Works

When each user visits your website, F5 Device ID+ leverages JavaScript to collect information about the browser, device’s OS, hardware, and network configuration. These attributes feed into F5 Device ID+ service built on F5 Shape’s industry‑recognized AI and machine‑learning capabilities. The data is processed in real time, and a unique identifier is assigned to the device, unless it is already a known device. For returning devices, behavior, actions, and other properties can be recorded, learned, and studied to facilitate the reduction of fraud and a smooth experience for known good users.

Activating F5 Device ID+ on Your NGINX Plus Instances

F5 Device ID+ is free to NGINX Plus customers. Follow these steps to activate it on your instances:

  1. Log in at the F5 Cloud Services portal (click the  Sign Up  button to create an account if necessary).

    Screenshot of f5 cloud services portal

  2. On the YOUR F5 CLOUD page that opens, click Subscribe free in the Device ID+ box. Click the  Subscribe  and  Go to this service  buttons in the pop-up windows that appear.

  3. On the DEVICE ID+ page that opens, click the  Get started  button.

  4. In the SELECT JS INJECTION METHOD column that opens, click the NGINX box and then the  Next  button.

  5. In the ENABLING DEVICE ID+ WITH NGINX column that opens, follow the instructions and click the Test JS Injection button. When finished, click the  Done  button.

When traffic begins hitting your NGINX Plus instance, the graphs on the Dashboard tab are populated with data.

To display documentation, FAQs, and other valuable resources, open the Applications tab.