Website Protection services
2018. Google Sites now lets you publish protected content
Google has announced a key update to the new version of its Google Sites website-building platform, one that gives organizations more flexibility over who can access specific content. Now creators and admins can hand-pick who within an organization is able to view a particular site by entering individual names in the Invite People box and selecting “Specific people can view when published” from the drop-down menu. This is a key update, one that should encourage uptake of the new Google Sites by enabling organizations to maintain a degree of privacy over confidential information. For now, the feature is only available on the web, but Google said it will be landing in the Google Drive mobiles app on both Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
2015. Website protection service CloudFlare gets $110M from Google, Microsoft and others
CloudFlare, the global CDN and DNS provider that can speed up and protect any site online, has secured a $110 million round of private financing, led by Fidelity, and participated in by a cadre of technology giants, including Baidu, Google, Microsoft and Qualcomm. A profitable company that is, at the same time, looking into international expansion might seem odd. CloudFlare is. The firm has grown incredibly quickly, helping it to attract the capital that it needs. CloudFlare’s partnership with and investment from Baidu has allowed the startup to enter the exploding Chinese market. Encouraged by Baidu’s interest, CloudFlare turned to key U.S. companies it felt would help the startup expand in key areas. Qualcomm was CloudFlare’s answer to chips and mobile, while Microsoft held the key to enterprise customers. By partnering with Google Capital, CloudFlare is able to build on its existing partnership with the search giant.
2014. Website protection service CloudFlare activates free Universal SSL encryption
CloudFlare, which provides content delivery and anti-DDoS services, announced the rollout of “Universal SSL”. It will provide protected “https” connections for users of around two million websites – apparently doubling the number of SSL-protected websites out there. The move will allow CloudFlare to more broadly support the Google SPDY protocol for speeding up webpage delivery, as this protocol requires an encrypted connection. Site administrators should also see their ranking improve on Google Search, which now takes encryption into account as a ranking signal. A couple of weeks ago, CloudFlare also revealed a new extension to the TLS security protocol called Keyless SSL. This feature, available to CloudFlare’s enterprise business plans, aims to help firms handling sensitive data get the benefits of content delivery services such as CloudFlare without parting company with their SSL keys.