Gone are the days of website domains pointing directly to the server.
Cloudflare protects millions of web properties and serves tens of millions of HTTP requests per second on average.
As a ‘reverse proxy server’, Cloudflare sits between the DNS and the web server to filter out illegitimate requests and block the web server from accessing your DNS directly. It never discloses your server’s actual address, making you far more protected from malicious attacks.
Some of its security features include:
With unmatched visibility into threats, Cloudflare uses machine learning to continuously improve and understand what is and isn’t a real threat.
Behind the scenes, Cloudflare learns about your site and automatically tunes protection to your particular needs.
Cloudflare shows you the list of threats that have been stopped from reaching your website. You can sort and see threats by type, country origin, and severity.
Cloudflare automatically performs browser integrity checks for all requests to your website (and denies accordingly) by evaluating the HTTP headers for threat signatures.
Using threat data from numerous sources to build a reputation for each site visitor to stop a threat before it reaches your website and saving your site’s bandwidth and resources for genuine traffic.
Cloudflare also includes free SSL certificates for all of its sites, avoiding browser security warnings and search engine deprioritisation.
Speed & Performance
Cloudflare uses its network of servers across the globe to ensure that its websites are delivered quickly via local networks no matter where your site visitors are.
It also intelligently caches your site’s pages, enabling unchanged pages to load instantly so new pages can perform just as fast.
And, as mentioned above, by stopping security threats before they reach your website, Cloudflare saves your site’s bandwidth and resources for genuine traffic.
With Cloudflare, site requests are, on average, fewer than 10 hops and take less than 30ms—in layman's terms, that’s fast!
The result? Your website gains a global presence on an affordable budget.