What is Cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a massive global Internet security and infrastructure company, providing CDN, DNS, DDoS protection, and website security. They serve over 12 million websites, have successfully headed off some intense DDoS attacks, and until recently with the 8ch deplatforming, were quite infamous with the MSM and leftists in general for providing their services to le ebil nahzees
, which included The Daily Stormer up until 2017.
As for what their alphabet soup of services actually does, I'll try to explain it as simply as I can for the non-technical among us:
CDN - Content Delivery Network
Traditionally, your browser connects directly to a site to download videos, programs, images, scripts, et cetera. mlpol.net does this. A CDN takes over the job of sending all of that data so the actual website itself doesn't have to, acting as the middleman between the website and your browser. CDNs often bleed over into providing security services, as Cloudflare does.
If you've ever seen a website checking your browser to see if you're a human before, you've encountered Cloudflare's DDoS protection. Again, Cloudflare acts as the middleman between the site and your browser, and with Cloudflare's massive global network of servers, that means they can soak up all of the Internet traffic a DDoS attack creates, protecting the site.
DNS - Domain Name Service
DNS is what translates website names such as "mlpol.net" into IP addresses such as 18.104.22.168. It's a very important part of the Internet, and everyone uses it whether they're aware of it or not. Your ISP runs their own service (which you're probably already using, and is almost certainly terrible), Google runs their own service (22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199), and of course Cloudflare also runs their own """privacy-first
""" DNS service (188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206). This is important for reasons I'll describe later.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.