My hosting company has required me to route my DNS through Cloudflare and set up a captcha to the front end of my site in order to prevent the server from being overloaded by brute force attacks to my site. The captcha is seriously affecting the number of visitors to my site, and it seems that Google is not able to access the site either. Is there another Cloudflare option that is not so obtrusive, that will prevent the server from being overloaded during a brute force attack?
Additionally, the captcha is supposed to be once-per-year, but I am getting it almost every time I access my site. In “Firewall Rules” I have “hostname equals cathydurso.net”, then “Challenge (Captcha)”. In settings, the “Challenge Passage” is set to 1 year. Is there something I’m missing?
The domain I am referencing is www.cathydurso.net.
Thanks for any tips and advice.