CloudFlare Comes to Certified Hosting

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Shared web hosting provider Certified Hosting just introduced CloudFlare functionality to all its shared and reseller hosting services. The service is integrated within Certified Hosting's existing cPanel web hosting setup.

CloudFlare is a "firewall in the cloud" service designed to help secure websites and protect them against online malicious attacks. Visitor traffic is passed through one of 13 data centers where it can be monitored. In the event of a traffic spike, CloudFlare checks for signs of spam, DDos attacks and bot crawling. What really makes CloudFlare a valuable platform however is that since it acts as a proxy to numerous websites, it effectively learns from attacks and grows more intelligent over time.

“CloudFlare takes security off of the list of things our users have to manage for themselves,” says Kacy Carlsen, co-founder and CEO of Certified Hosting. “After selecting a security level for their website, our shared web hosting users can let CloudFlare manage their security with no further input required. Even better, in the event that a web hosting server does become overloaded with disruptive traffic, the CloudFlare system automatically calls upon a cached version of the website from one of the distributed cloud servers. Our customers can be completely assured that their website is available to end-users consistently, and is always performing at its best.”

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Charlie 01-04-2012 3:56 PM

Cloudflare does not take security off of the things that you have to manage. I know this because I had a site hacked after signing to for Cloudflare pro. The thing that bothered me the most was the attitude from Cloudflare.

I use a lot of security plugins, htaccess code and use secure passwords and usernames so it's not like I take this lightly. Their reply to me after my site was hacked was:

"CloudFlare is not a 100% solution or protection against hacking. In addition, we wouldn't protect if someone accessed via a back door or some other channel."

And this was a quick reply without investigating what happened except to view my site and confirm that it had been hacked. Nothing was done to see what happened. I thought the same thing and was expecting some really good security but I was let down.

I still use their free service for some sites because of other services, but please don't for one minute think that you don't have to worry about Security if you use Cloudflare. I suggest that you re evaluate your position. Just don't want to promise something that isn't true do you?

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