Cloudflare launches Spectrum to protect almost anything connected to the Internet


For roughly ten years, Cloudflare has made a name for itself by protecting websites against malicious floods of traffic. Now, the company is extending its DDoS safeguards to other services connected to the Internet — like games and email servers, and internet of things (IoT) devices. Spectrum works much in the same way as the mainstream Cloudflare product. It works by proxying Internet traffic through the company’s globally-distributed data centers. Cloudflare’s software automatically routes users through the most geographically-close data center, in order to offer the fastest speeds. It also automatically discards traffic it believes to be malicious, like what…

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