Why flexible SSL mode is not the best choice

Flexible

The connection between your visitor and Cloudflare is secured, but the connection between Cloudflare and your server is not. You will not need a certificate on your server for this mode. This option is NOT RECOMMENDED.

Flexible makes your site partially secure - it encrypts the connection between the visitor and Cloudflare - this means they see the :ssl: in their browser and the site leaves the impression to be secure! However the connection between Cloudflare and your origin server is unencrypted and traffic can be intercepted there.


What to do about it:

Ideally, you should install an SSL certificate on your server and set the SSL mode to “Full (strict)” (recommended) or “Full”. This fully encrypts the traffic between both the user and Cloudflare and between Cloudflare and your server.

You can use a free Let’s Encrypt certificate, generate a free Cloudflare origin certificate (SSL/TLS app) or use a paid certificate.

This is needed to make your site fully secure and is essential if you process any user submitted (e.g. logins) or personalized data through your site.



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