If there is a security risk within phpBB please report it to the security tracker.
But most people do not have their own server
You don't need your own server. I have a shared account.
But you specifically said your server implying that you had to have your own dedicated server.
Cloudflare adds a huge layer of security and allows for things you simply cannot do without it. If you ever have the unfortunate experinece of having a site DDOS'd you will quickly learn what the need is.
What you are referring to as an issue is one of the biggest benefits of using Cloudflare, you can allow Cloudflare IP's in the firewall and deny the rest of the world for ports 80, 443 and any other port being proxied through Cloudflare.There is an Apache module you need to install so the correct IP is passed onto applications like phpBB, server logs etc. Of course if you do not have your own server or your host won't install the module you will need to use the workaround in the extension.there is even an extension to correct Cloudflare issues
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