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Blocking Traffic From Single or Multiple Countries With Cloudflare

It is not uncommon for website operators to experience a surge of traffic originating from a specific country or, in many cases, multiple countries. These extra hits to the site are not only utilizing the servers, which in many cases might precisely be the point. However, in others, the visits are motivated by various malicious

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What Is Browser Integrity Check (BIC) From Cloudflare?

Part of the “Security” umbrella and available to free Cloudflare users also, the Browser Integrity Check (BIC) functionality is another tool in the kit to protect your site from spammers, malicious bots, or crawlers. If one is detected, access to your site is denied, or a challenge is presented before proceeding further. You can think

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Cloudflare Email: A Guide to Creating @yoursitename Emails FOR FREE

Not all website or organization owners want to buy an additional service to manage email addresses that end with their website name — for example, abcd@feedthecuriosity.com or 123@example.com. Outside of the cost, one would also need to manage more than one email platform to segregate their personal and professional involvements. At some point, all of

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What Is the “Minimum TLS Version” Feature in Cloudflare?

If you aren’t familiar with TLS, know that it’s the next-in-line improvement of SSL. It has been around for several years now and has gone through a handful of version iterations — making things more standardized, secure, and even faster. As of writing this post, the latest TLS version is 1.3, a significant upgrade from

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What Is Typosquatting or URL Hijacking?

At some point, some of us have accidentally mistyped a URL for a famous website. For example, googl.com (notice the missing ‘e’ at the end) instead of the proper version google.com. Tying into this probability of human error, some cybercriminals practice what is known as typosquatting or URL hijacking. Defining Typosquatting or URL Hijacking Online

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What Is Crawler Hints From Cloudflare, and Why Is It So Significant?

Anything and everything we do has an energy cost directly or indirectly. So it is not surprising that organizations that are ethical and are at the forefront of pioneering innovation are always looking for ways to reduce the harmful environmental impact that takes place from our day-to-day or more grander activities. As citizens of the

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What Is Wi-Fi 6?

Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, is a massive upgrade from its predecessor Wi-Fi 5. The new standard not only brings faster download and upload speeds, but its beauty is in how it’s able to achieve such high rates and the additional benefits it provides. So How Fast Can Wi-Fi 6 Be, Anyway? Theoretically, it

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A Non-Technical Intro to Zero Round Trip Time Resumption (0-RTT) From Cloudflare

A quick note before we begin: while not that elementary, for the proposes of this post & resemblance, you can think of a client as a web browser and a server as a website. In short, Zero Round Trip Time Resumption or 0-RTT optimizes performance for clients who are resuming a connection to your site.

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What Is Argo Smart Routing From Cloudflare?

A tremendous benefit of being on Cloudflare is that its products and services constantly improve & adapt to meet the new demands and expectations of the modern internet. From the many unique features, Cloudflare introduced a new product called “Argo Smart Routing,” which can uplift the performance levels of any site’s assets by up to

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What Is HTTP Strict Transport Security: A Non-Technical Intro

Recognized mainly by its abbreviated form HSTS, an HTTP Strict Transport Security instructs the browser that a specific website should only load via HTTPS, and never HTTP. This command to the browser comes from the website implementing the HSTS protocol/standard. How Does HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) Work? At the end of the day, HSTS

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What Is 1.1.1.1? Everything You Should Know

Cited as the phonebook of the internet dozens of times, a Domain Name System (DNS) converts a human-readable website name (such as google.com) to a machine-understandable code (the IP address). It’s impossible to connect to the internet without DNS. More specifically, without a DNS resolver. Typically, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) handles the whole DNS/DNS

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What Are the Differences Between a LAN and a WAN?

In our everyday lives, when we seamlessly browse around the internet, we don’t really think about how the whole thing works. There are a myriad number of pieces involved in the background, for something as simple as going to facebook.com. Amazingly enough, everything occurs at blazing fast speeds (within milliseconds to microseconds). You and I,

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What Is a Modem (Modulator-DeModulator)?

A Modem, short for modulator-demodulator (more explained below), is essential to having an internet access. Think of a modem as a dedicated line to your ISP (Internet Service Provider), wherein, its sole purpose for existence is to consistently/always maintain the internet connection that’s received from your ISP’s cable. (Be it fiber optic, coaxial, phone lines,

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How to Kick People off Your Wi-Fi

The convenience of a Wi-Fi connection is indispensable, and continues to be contemporaneous to other advantages & innovations it can provide, such as IoT, a rather annoying characteristic it brings along is when people simply refuse to get off of your Wi-Fi. Being a victim of such an atrocious act is never fun because you’re

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What Is a Network Adapter?

A network adapter acts as an intermediary for devices, in order to create the ability to connect to a network. For example, when your laptop connects to the internet, a network adapter is responsible for it — in the entire ecosystem. In simpler terms, it makes it possible for you to get online. Today, almost

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What Is a Chromium Based Browser?

What is a Chromium based browser? To understand that, we need to first cover what Chromium is in the first place. “Chromium,” is an open-source code that can be used to make web browsers. (At the minimum, that’s what it mainly seems to be used for; there is Chromium OS too). And while the primary

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What Is a VPN? A Detailed Guide to Understanding Its Benefits

What is a VPN? That’s a question that many have asked, and perhaps, are slightly familiar with it; however, aren’t fully acquainted with the entire VPN concept. A VPN, short for Virtual Private Network aims to primarily serve the following 4 goals (which many argue how the internet should be anyway): To grant more anonymization,

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How to Configure Cloudflare CDN (for Free) for Your WordPress Site, and Verify Whether or Not It’s Working

For the uninitiated, CDN (Content Delivery Networks), helps with site speeds. Site speed, in return, helps you with SEO (amongst other things). The popularity of CDN has grown hand-in-hand, with the same growth of the importance on site speeds. Primarily, CDNs work by storing and caching your assets such as CSS files, JavaScripts, images, etc.

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