Cloudflare Email Options And Other Cloudflare Questions

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I’m probably going to use Cloudflare on some new sites. But I’m wondering a few things about it.

Sorry for the newbish questions but I rarely work on these things..

1) How private will your true website host IPs really be? If the true IP is found a DDoS can attack your sites directly using the IP.

2) They recommend using off-site email servers to keep your host IPs more private.. but really don’t suggest where or how. I was going to use Gmail or Outlook.com to host email for my domains but it looks like those are no longer FREE options. Dang! I’d love some good free or low cost options/suggestions.

3) At the same time as using someone to host/store my emails I can also use a place like Mandrillapp.com to send emails, correct? Once email/Mandrill is set up correctly on Cloudflare(with DKIM and SPF) it won’t have the true server’s IP address in the emails headers when I send an email from the server on SMTP, right? Can anyone confirm this?

4) If email is set up correctly are there other common ways for people to get the server’s true IP?

I’d really appreciate any answers/clarification on this stuff.

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