Introducing Cloudflare Access: Like BeyondCorp, But You Don’t Have To Be A Google Employee To Use It

Tell me if this sounds familiar: any connection from inside the corporate network is trusted and any connection from the outside is not. This is the security strategy used by most enterprises today. The problem is that once the firewall, or gateway, or VPN server…

SYN packet handling in the wild

Here at Cloudflare, we have a lot of experience of operating servers on the wild Internet. But we are always improving our mastery of this black art. On this very blog we have touched on multiple dark corners of the Internet protocols: like understanding FIN-WAIT-2…

Welcome Salt Lake City and Get Ready for a Massive Expansion

We just turned up Salt Lake City, Utah — Cloudflare’s 120th data center. Salt Lake holds a special place in Cloudflare’s history. I grew up in the region and still have family there. Back in 2004, Lee Holloway and I lived just up into the…

An Explanation of the Meltdown/Spectre Bugs for a Non-Technical Audience

Last week the news of two significant computer bugs was announced. They’ve been dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. These bugs take advantage of very technical systems that modern CPUs have implemented to make computers extremely fast. Even highly technical people can find it difficult to wrap…

Keeping your GDPR Resolutions

For many of us, a New Year brings a renewed commitment to eat better, exercise regularly, and read more (especially the Cloudflare blog). But as we enter 2018, there is a unique and significant new commitment approaching — protecting personal data and complying with the…

How “expensive” is crypto anyway?

I wouldn’t be surprised if the title of this post attracts some Bitcoin aficionados, but if you are such, I want to disappoint you. For me crypto means cryptography, not cybermoney, and the price we pay for it is measured in CPU cycles, not USD….

Why TLS 1.3 isn’t in browsers yet

Upgrading a security protocol in an ecosystem as complex as the Internet is difficult. You need to update clients and servers and make sure everything in between continues to work correctly. The Internet is in the middle of such an upgrade right now. Transport Layer…

Concise (Post-Christmas) Cryptography Challenges

It’s the day after Christmas; or, depending on your geography, Boxing Day. With the festivities over, you may still find yourself stuck at home and somewhat bored. Either way; here are three relatively short cryptography challenges, you can use to keep you momentarily occupied. Other…

The History of Stock Quotes

In honor of all the fervor around Bitcoin, we thought it would be fun to revisit the role finance has had in the history of technology even before the Internet came around. This was adapted from a post which originally appeared on the Eager blog….

Cyber Security Tips (for your Parents)

Today, December 25th, Cloudflare offices around the world are taking a break. From San Francisco to London and Singapore; engineers have retreated home for the holidays (albeit with PagerDuty safely in arms reach, schedule permitting). Software engineering pro-tip: Do not, I repeat, do not deploy…

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