In a nutshell this is what Incapsula does:
Incapsula offers state-of-the-art security and performance to websites of all sizes. Through a simple DNS change, your website’s traffic is seamlessly routed through Incapsula’s globally-distributed network of high-powered servers. Incoming traffic is intelligently profiled in real-time, blocking even the latest web threats: from sophisticated SQL injection attacks to scrapers, malicious bots, intruding comment spammers and thwarting multi-Gigabit DDoS attacks. Meanwhile, outgoing traffic is accelerated and optimized with Incapsula’s global CDN, for faster load times, keeping welcome visitors speeding through.
I’ve always been interested in how to make my website faster but with the news about brute force attacks on WordPress, I wanted a more secure website as well. Researching WordPress security, I was surprised to find the following image from Incapsula on what sort of traffic you actually get.
So I decided to try Incapsula to see what it could do for my website and try and show you through this Incapsula review, just what this product can do.
But what can Incapsula do against all of this? A much easier way of answering this would be to watch their promo video
By using this plugin you will have no change to your originating IPs when using Incapsula. Incapsula acts as a reverse proxy and all incoming connections to your website first pass through one of Incapsula’s servers. This plugin will ensure that you continue to see the real originating IP of your website visitors.
Once this is all setup, it’s just a waiting game for Incapsula to start collecting the data.
Once the DNS changes have been made and Incapsula has had time to do its job, you’ll see an image like above when you log in. This is a 7 day run down of what has been going on with your website. As you can see my bot visits out-number the human visits by quite some way.
Not all bots are bad however, I need Google-bot in order for my website to be found as well you a large number of other good bots but Incapsula reports that in the last 7 days there’s been 158 bad bots on my website!
To test the security of Incapsula, I deleted my Askimet plugin as Incapsula can handle comment bots and protect me from spam. I also let it run for 7 days to see what it would report. Here’s my 7 day run down of what happened on my website.
Going further into the Incapsula dashboard you get a run down of the top attacking countries with USA being my top one with 30% next is China with 20%.
Incapsula also gives you a run down of the types of threats to your website.
So it’s clear that bots are my biggest problem and Incapsula also shows what type of bot is causing the most problems, in my case it’s the comment spammer with 94%. I did want to test just how good Incapsula was so I deleted my Askimet plugin. Considering the amount of comment spammer bots visting my websites, Incapsula does a very good job of protecting my website. Although I still get a couple of spam comments a day without Askimet, I’m still impressed with Incapsula.
Incapsula will also email you when there’s a threat. This is an email I got yesterday when someone tried to login to my website. Incapsula blocked the request.
This image is also provided by incapsula showing the top client applications. It surprising just how many bots are out there on the Internet!
To get a better idea of bot vs humans, Incapsula provides you with the following image. This is a nice example of just how much of your bandwidth is being wasted with unwanted bots on your website.
Not only does Incapsula do a pretty god job of protecting your website but it also increases the speed of it. By blocking unwanted bots and saving your bandwidth, it not only saves you resources and money but you also get to use their CDN for a faster website.
So I wanted to test the speed of Incapsula, I switched to advanced performance and tested the before and after. The results are below.
According to Pingdom switching to advanced performance on Incapsula increased the speed of my website by just over 50%!
You can also see the response time of the CDN location centers.
I’ve been impressed with Incapsula, it not only protects me from spammers and bad bots but it has also increased the speed of my website by over 50%. I found Incapsula very easy to use and once the setup is done everything is done automatically for you leaving you with a peace of mind of a faster website with better security.
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