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Have you ever come across the message ‘Sorry, you have been blocked’ when attempting to visit a website? If you’ve come across this error message, it means the website you were attempting to access has been blocked due to a security measure.
Cloudflare, a web security and performance service, is often behind this form of website block. Cloudflare offers services such as DDoS mitigation and secure content as well as a multitude of tools to help protect your website from unwarranted attacks and malicious activity.
So, how does Cloudflare’s website block work? Whenever a visitor attempts to access a website, Cloudflare’s security service will detect any suspicious activity such as submitting certain words or phrases, SQL commands, and malformed data. If there is any unusual behavior that triggers Cloudflare’s security service, then it will block the visitor from accessing the website.
When you come across the ‘Sorry, you have been blocked’ error message, it will usually include the Cloudflare Ray ID which you can use to contact the webmaster of the website. You can explain the issue and provide the Ray ID along with your IP address to help them unblock the website.
It’s important to remember that Cloudflare is put in place to protect your website from malicious activity and attacks. For website owners, Cloudflare can provide much needed security and the assurance that your website will remain safe from cyber criminals and other threats.
For visitors, Cloudflare’s website block can be an inconvenience but its service also provides a layer of protection from the bad actors of the internet. However, if you ever come across the ‘Sorry, you have been blocked’ error message, it’s always best to contact the webmaster to get the website unblocked