Websites today are vulnerable to countless cyber-attacks, so they must be kept protected using the latest technologies, this is where tools like AWS WAF and Cloudflare come into play.
AWS WAF is defined as a web application firewall which is mostly used in cloud computing services. Its main use is to protect web sites or applications from cyber attacks.
Among its main features are:
Low on costs
There is no upfront cost for AWS WAF, which sets it apart from similar products that can cost thousands of dollars upfront. It only costs $20 per month to run, making it ideal for small and medium-sized business websites that are on a tight budget.
Ease of implementation and use
Anyone with a basic understanding of security can set up AWS WAF in just a few steps. In case you don't have any knowledge, there are some managed rules that can be purchased from AWS WAF vendors where they guide you through the installation step by step. These are very low cost.
Cloudflare is known as a content delivery network, or CDN, service, which is provided by the company of the same name. When we talk about CDN, we mean a service that caches images and text displayed by web applications around the world.
Cloudflare is a CDN (Content Delivery Network) service provided by Cloudflare, Inc. A CDN is a service that caches (that is, temporarily stores) images and text displayed by web applications around the world.
Advantages of using Cloudflare
Cloudflare offers its users four types of plans: Free, Pro, Business, and Enterprise. The free plan is the most limited, followed by the Pro plan for $20 per month and the Business plan, which costs $200 per month, are among the cheapest plans.
Depending on the plan the user chooses, Cloudflare also offers WAF and load balancing services. The WAF that can be used in this case is not as customizable as the AWS WAF, but it can withstand a number of security attacks.
By comparing both tools, we managed to make them very similar to each other. Let's take a look at the most important aspects:
While both tools are ideal for offering protection to websites, AWS WAF is ideal if you are building a website using other AWS services since you can combine them. You can only use Cloudflare on its own.