Deflect features

Deflect is not the only DDoS-mitigation service available for human rights defenders, civil society groups, independent media and freedom of speech activists. At the time of writing, here are two other (well-known) initiatives which offer DDoS mitigation services free of charge.

Each offers a robust, capable service, so you will likely be protected whichever one you choose. However, there are key differences with each provider that we believe are crucial to consider before making your choice. You can also read an excellent overview of the field with extensive advice on how to protect your site from an attack here.

Features

Deflect

Project Galileo

Project Shield

Operated by

eQualitie

Cloudflare

Jigsaw

Headquarters

Canada

USA

USA

Project funded by

Grants

Commercial activity

Commercial activity

Open Source

Yes

Components

Optimization libraries

Free SSL/TLS

Yes (Let’s Encrypt)

Yes (Cloudflare)

No (bring your own)

Sign-Up

Online

By referral or online

Online

Eligibility

NGOs, media, and human rights groups

NGOs, media, and human rights groups

Media, elections, and human rights orgs, in countries not under US embargo, US political orgs

Terms of Service / Privacy Policy

ToS, Privacy Notice

ToS, Privacy Policy

ToS, Privacy Policy

Disk Encryption (website cache)

Yes

No

No

Data Logging

Opt-out

Yes

Yes

Infrastructure

Dynamic

Cloudflare

Google

Includes Hosting

Wordpress

No

Google Cloud

Helpdesk

English, French, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Filipino

English

Other Services

Attack analytics and reporting

Web Application Firewall

Having said all that, Deflect is the only service which:

  • Operates on a non-profit basis and exists specifically to protect human rights groups and independent media websites
  • Does not accept groups which promote hate speech, incite violence, advocate censorship, use our network for criminal activities or wilfully disseminate propaganda
  • Never changes or denies service due to very large attack size
  • Encrypt our partners’ data at rest: on each caching server
  • Does not give away or sell any data to a third party
  • Is trying to solve the problem, not just react to it
  • Is a dedicated service run by dedicated people with backgrounds in human rights, journalism, digital security and tech-activism. We do this because we believe in it and we want to support the activists and journalists who risk so much to do their work.