Project Shield is an initiative launched by Google Ideas to use Google's own Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack mitigation technology to protect free infrastructure online. The service allows other websites to serve their content through Google's infrastructure without having to move their hosting location. We are currently seeking new websites to try the service as trusted testers.

Who can sign up?

The service is currently invite-only. We are accepting applications from websites serving news, human rights or elections-related content. To become a ‘trusted tester’, please provide details about your website using the form.

What's included?

Once a website has been sent an invite to become a 'trusted tester', they will receive an invite to join the initiative and instructions on how to configure their website for the DDoS mitigation.

How much does it cost?

Project Shield is currently offered free of charge to trusted testers.

Does Project Shield provide guaranteed protection from DDoS attacks?

No guarantees are made in regards to uptime or protection levels. Google has designed its infrastructure to defend itself from quite large attacks and this initiative is aimed at providing a similar level of protection to third-party websites.

What steps are required to get started?

Once you’ve received an invite to sign up, there are a few steps required to set up the service. All the information you need will be emailed to you. A webmaster with admin privileges and basic technical knowledge (e.g. comfortable configuring a web-server and modifying DNS records) should be able to set up the service very easily.