From the Wall Street Journal..
CloudFlare Inc. of San Francisco earned top honors in this category with a service that helps secure and speed up the performance of websites.
CloudFlare sits between a website’s hosting service and a visitor’s computer, sending traffic through its own network of data centers around the globe. Its security feature automatically detects threats from excessive spam, surveillance from malicious programs known as “bots” and denial-of-service attacks; all sites that use CloudFlare are then protected if the threat reappears.
Threat-detection systems can slow down Internet page loading because they add an extra layer between a website and its visitors. CloudFlare’s developers, however, refined the code running its systems so that most pages load as much as 40% faster.
The LulzSec hacker group, which used CloudFlare’s service to protect a website where it boasted of its exploits, praised CloudFlare after the service successfully fended off a barrage of attacks designed to bring down the site.
If you are a CloudFlare customer or thinking about using their service, that last paragraph should raise a very serious question of trust!
Can you trust a company that willingly, and is proud of, providing its service to hackers, spammers, scammers and other cyber criminals?
Not to mention a company that goes to great lengths to justify its support of people that scam and steal from innocent folks. They constantly search the net for negative posts, comments and articles and copy and paste the same old “we’re not the internet police” response. Granted, they are not.
But, any ethical company will stop providing services to the bad guys as soon as they find out. Not boast about it all over the place.
So, will CloudFlare really protect your data? Or will they siphon off tidbits, personal info, credit card numbers, email addresses etc.. here and there to feed to the cyber criminals?
Maybe.. maybe not.
But remember, the people at CloudFlare are no dummies. They wouldn’t just snatch your entire customer/member database. They’d just grab a few here and there. That way it would be almost impossible to figure out where the stolen data came from.
In closing, let me ask you one question…
Are you willing to trust a cyber criminal loving company with your data?