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CloudFlare or Let's Encrypt?

Discussion in 'The Geek District' started by Floris, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    What's your opinion about putting your site behind CloudFlare, or instead of all their services, just using Let's Encrypt?
     
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    Elmer OMG Member

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    I don't know much about CloudFlare but if your concerns are security, it seems it's the way to go. I use Let's Encrypt just because it's at hand and easy to set up in a few commands.
     
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    Seeing this post a bit late as ive kept myself busy, But from a developers standpoint on things

    I see cloudflares SSL as an oddball situation, as youll share the same SSL IP as many other sites,
    But for security and all around IP management they do alright, it seems there are ways around CloudFlares IP hiding techniques which kinda makes their DNS pulling a bit off for me

    just throwing out what i know, if youd like i can take an in depth look into what LetsEncrypt does but im not familiar with them
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    https://letsencrypt.org/

    I use it for a VPS, it's easy to install and run, and it's auto renewing these days on most modern setups as well.
    It turns your http into https at least, which is a good thing of course. It's not the all in one solution, but it's a great start for most sites.

    Unlike CloudFlare it doesn't do ip hiding, etc. But you're also not depending on their network either.
     
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    Let's Encrypt - I need to put this on all my domains - we use it at work with a lets encrypt bot to autorenew it each month.

    Very excited for the wildcard SSL in January!!!
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    It's January! :)
     
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    While IT Central Station does not yet have user reviews for Let's Encrypt, you can find real user reviews for CloudFlare and other major DDoS protection tools on IT Central Station here.

    Users interested in CloudFlare also compared them often to Arbor DDoS. You can see a direct comparison between the two solutions here.

    I hope this is helpful, and good luck with your search.
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    Hey there :) And thank you for the information. Reading up on that later tonight on the iPad in bed :)
     
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    Never heard of Let's Encrypt before. Opening a tab right now.
     
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    Floris

    Floris I'm just me :) Hi. Staff Member

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    If you host a site on a vps, it's super simple.. if you need instructions just PM me.
     
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