Protecting news from digital attacks

Project Shield is a free service that uses Google technology to protect news sites and free expression from DDoS attacks on the web.

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Distributed Denial of Service

A DDoS attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.

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Am I at risk?

DDoS attacks are often used to attempt to censor news, human rights, and elections monitoring sites, and to bring down many other types of sites. Sites that are not using a content delivery network (CDN) or a major hosting provider often do not have the capacity to defend against these attacks.

See our General FAQs and FAQs for news publishers for more information.

Do I qualify?

Project Shield welcomes applications from websites serving news. Human rights and or elections monitoring content are also welcome to apply. We do not provide service to other types of content, including gaming, businesses, or individual blogs. See our User Content and Conduct Policy for more details.

How do I get started?

Start by applying for Project Shield using the application form below. If your site is approved, you will receive an email with the information needed to configure Project Shield. A webmaster who has administrative privileges for the website and is able to modify DNS records should be able to set the service up in approximately 10 minutes.

How is my data used?

Project Shield only uses the data we obtain (such as logs from the Project Shield servers) for DDoS mitigation and caching and to improve the Project Shield service. See this Help Center article for more details.

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