CyberTech

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Cloudflare revealed the company's first VPN product today called Warp which it plans to launch as part of the company's 1.1.1.1 application soon.

April 1st is probably the worst day to make announcements for products that do exist. Cloudflare apparently could not pass the opportunity to select April 1st, or 4/1, as the date to reveal Warp.

The company launched a DNS service a year ago and with it the DNS applications 1.1.1.1 for Android and iOS. The service supported security features like DNS-over-TLS and DNS-over-HTTPS, a strict no IP address logging policy, the deletion of logs in a 24-hour period, and fast speeds especially compared to default DNS services operated by most ISPs.

Cloudlfare calls Warp a "VPN for people who don't know what V.P.N. stands for". The explanation that Cloudflare gives is relatively weak: according to Cloudflare, it is the simplicity that makes it attractive to users who don't know about VPN services. The explanation is weak as Cloudflare's solution is not the first that offers a simple option to use a VPN.

Warp encrypts all Internet traffic, respects end-to-end encryption, and does not require that users install a root certificate on their devices.Unencrypted Internet connections will be encrypted but only between the user's device and Cloudflare's server (similarly to how all VPNs handle this). The same is true for all respected VPN services.

Cloudflare promises that Warp's performance, reliability, and focus on preserving power are what will set it apart from comparable services.


We’ve built Warp around a UDP-based protocol that is optimized for the mobile Internet. We also leveraged Cloudflare’s massive global network, allowing Warp to connect with servers within milliseconds of most the world’s Internet users. With our network’s direct peering connections and uncongested paths we can deliver a great experience around the world. Our tests have shown that Warp will often significantly increase Internet performance.

Warp will be offered as a free option that is included in the company's 1.1.1.1 application. Cloudflare is working on Warp+, a premium version of Warp that will be available for a "low monthly fee" for people who want more speed.

It is not uncommon for companies to finance free versions of a product using premium offerings.

Warp+ follows Cloudlfare's web-based servicing model. The company offers a base version of Cloudlfare for free and paid upgrades to unlock certain features.

Cloudflare promises, in regards to the always hot topic privacy, that
  1. browsing data won't be sold or used for targeted advertising.
  2. user-identifiable log data is not written to disk.
  3. that users may use Warp without supplying their name, phone number or email address.
  4. that it will hire third-party auditors to make sure the service delivers what is promised.
The service itself uses WireGuard combined with Cloudflare's Mobile SKD. Warp+, the premium version of Warp, will use Cloudflare's Argo next to that as well.

Waiting list

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Android or iOS users can join the waitlist in the 1.1.1.1 application. Some may not see the option to join the waitlist yet as update propagation takes some time usually.

Closing Words
Warp's strengths are that it is backed by a company that operates one of the largest networks on the planet, and that it will become a part of the 1.1.1.1 on mobile for ease of use. Users don't have to sign up for it if they use the free version similarly to how Opera's browser VPN works. The difference is that Warp works globally while Opera's solution only in the browser.

Desktop applications will be released at a later point in time. Warp won't convince users that distrust Cloudflare, but the success of the 1.1.1.1 application has shown that there is a huge market out there for such a product.

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HarborFront

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Warp cannot be used to change your location. Instead it works behind the scenes to increase speed and privacy


Better not to use Cloudflare

 
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LASER_oneXM

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source: Cloudflare's WARP Secures iOS and Android Web Traffic for Free

Cloudflare's WARP mobile app for iOS or Android designed to secure all the Internet traffic on one's mobile devices is now available for everyone.


WARP works by making DNS requests faster and by automatically encrypting all unencrypted connections by default without requiring users to install an extra root certificate.


The WARP mobile app was announced on April 1 and it was expected to be rolled out until July. Since that didn't happen until today, around two million people signed up to try the app and got added to the waiting list.


"As a way of hopefully making amends, for everyone who was on the waitlist before today, we're giving 10 GB of WARP Plus — the even faster version of WARP that uses Cloudflare’s Argo network — to those of you who have been patiently waiting," says Cloudflare's CEO Matthew Prince.

WARP is sort of a VPN

According to Prince, "the basic WARP service is free without bandwidth caps or limitations. The unlimited version of WARP Plus is available for a monthly subscription fee."


WARP Plus uses Cloudflare's proprietary virtual private backbone Argo tech which routes all requests to avoid all Internet traffic jams and reach higher speeds than the ones achieved by the free service, loading web assets 30% faster on average.
 

JimHdy

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If it's a VPN and it works properly it should be able to allow you to change your location, there's no such thing as a VPN that only works behind the scenes and doesn't change your IP, it is against the definition of what a VPN is supposed to do. This sounds like some sort of weird scam to me.
 

Protomartyr

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If it's a VPN and it works properly it should be able to allow you to change your location, there's no such thing as a VPN that only works behind the scenes and doesn't change your IP, it is against the definition of what a VPN is supposed to do. This sounds like some sort of weird scam to me.
It's not a VPN in the traditional sense. It doesn't hide your origin IP. It does encrypt your traffic and uses Cloudfare's DNS. Below is an excerpt from their blog. Also keep in mind that WARP is free. WARP+ is the paid service that allows routing through Cloudfare's network which is said to reduce network congestion.

From a technical perspective, WARP is a VPN. But it is designed for a very different audience than a traditional VPN. WARP is not designed to allow you to access geo-restricted content when you’re traveling. It will not hide your IP address from the websites you visit. If you’re looking for that kind of high-security protection then a traditional VPN or a service like Tor are likely better choices for you.

WARP, instead, is built for the average consumer. It’s built to ensure that your data is secured while it’s in transit. So the networks between you and the applications you’re using can’t spy on you. It will help protect you from people sniffing your data while you’re at a local coffee shop. It will also help ensure that your ISP isn’t hoovering up data on your browsing patterns to sell to advertisers.

WARP isn’t designed for the ultra-techie who wants to specify exactly what server their traffic will be routed through. There’s basically only one button in the WARP interface: ON or OFF. It’s simple on purpose. It’s designed for my mom and dad who ask me every holiday dinner what they can do to be a bit safer online. I’m excited this year to have something easy for them to do: install the 1.1.1.1 App, enable WARP, and rest a bit easier.
 
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geminis3

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I had the Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 app on my phone just in case I need to bypass a light webfilter (I use a real VPN for Fortinet at my uni). Mysteriously it suddenly created a VPN connection when I was on Facebook, I uninstalled it immediately.
 

oldschool

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I’m checking out the app on iPad just to see what’s what. I thought it’s main purpose is to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. I don’t get the VPN marketing because it clearly is not one, especially for free.. :unsure:
 
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