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Who are "collaborators"?

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I have changed the setting of my website so that only "collaborators" can access to it. This made access zero since then. However, I recently found a sudden increase in access from network domain "unknown" or "not set" to it.  Who are these collaborators who still have access to the closed website?

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Re: Who are "collaborators"?

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Hi Nobuya

Hi :-)
Is your question in relation to Google Analytics permissions?
If so, the Collaborators permission in Google Analytics, is not going to prevent access to your website, its in relation to permissions within Google Analytics.
Collaborate: Can create personal assets, and share them. Can collaborate on shared assets, for example, edit a dashboard or annotation. Includes Read & Analyze.


In regards to who can access your website, is there any information in relation to the geo location in your reports?
I'm going to assume it is likely spam data and the visitors are not actually accessing your website
Following article is worth taking the time to read and at the very least to apply a hostname filter to a new View

Bronwyn Vourtis, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Re: Who are "collaborators"?

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I presume you're saying that you "closed" your site so that only some people can access it.

What I think is happening is that you're getting some spammy traffic in your Google Analytics account.

There are 2 things you should do:
1. Under you View settings click the checkbox which says Exclude all hits from known bots and spiders.

2. Create a hostname filter for your website URL

(be careful when creating filters since they PERMANENTLY affect all future data).
So make sure you create it correctly.