Cloudflare is a leading provider of online security, performance, and reliability founded in 2009. It is used by millions of websites and applications around the world. They are committed to building a better internet and making progress towards that goal.

 CloudFlare Advantages

  • Pioneers in mitigating DDoS attacks with their Website Application Firewall product.
  • Blocks suspicious traffic before it reaches your website, ensuring it stays available to visitors under heavy traffic or an attack when your servers are unresponsive.
  • The CDN can help improve the performance of hospital websites and applications by caching content closer to users. This can lead to faster loading times and a better user experience.
  • Has an “always on feature” to keep your site up even if the server is down for some reason
  • Offer free and custom SSL certificates with their plans.
  • Provides page rules to exclude/include certain pages/functions.
  • WAF, where you can present a captcha (or block by IP, region, or country)
  • You can block traffic to the WP-admin or protected pages with a captcha, by IP, by region, this keeps bot traffic from ever reaching the server
  • Allows you to delegate account access no sharing of passwords
  • More simultaneous users since there is less server load

Risks/ Disadvantages

You do lose control with a reverse DNS product especially.  CDNs can fail, too. If the service is unavailable, it’s impossible to use your CDN and fall back to local files.  If it’s just a problem with the CDN, you can clear the cache and bypass it with the click of a button.

  • Cloudflare’s security features are not a replacement for your own security measures. You should still have their own security policies and procedures in place.
  • It’s not a magic bullet, you should still optimize your websites and applications for performance.
  • There is some cost
  • Offers no server scanning service and malware removal guarantee. (this is taken care of server-side)

CloudFlare Plans

  • Free Plan:
    • DDoS protection up to 1 Gbps
    • Web application firewall (WAF)
    • Content delivery network (CDN)
    • Domain Name System (DNS)
    • Load balancing
  • Pro Plan:
    • Everything in the Free Plan
    • Up to 10 Gbps of DDoS protection
    • Bot management
    • Origin performance optimization
    • Advanced WAF rules
  • Business Plan:
    • Everything in the Pro Plan
    • Up to 100 Gbps of DDoS protection
    • Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA)
    • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
    • Security Web Gateway (SWG)
    • Remote Browser Isolation (RBI)
    • Email security
  • Enterprise Plan:
    • Custom pricing and support
    • Dedicated account manager



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