Cloudflare has announced Warp VPN, currently available for preorder. Instead of using the Internet protocol TCP, which was not created with mobile devices in mind, Warp uses UDP that is “optimized for mobile Internet,” according to Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare. Warp VPN will encrypt not just web traffic, but all mobile apps on one device.
Cloudflare claims that Warp will be faster than other VPNs on the market and will actually improve Internet performance as well as data usage. Even the top VPNs on the market such as Private Internet Access create slower download and upload speeds and increase latency, making Warp VPN an industry anomaly. Using Cloudflare’s existing network of servers, Internet users all over the world will be able to connect to Warp VPN through the 126.96.36.199 app. In the same vein, Warp VPN will not significantly increase battery usage by using an efficient protocol called WireGuard.
While the basic version of Warp is free with the 188.8.131.52 app, Cloudflare also options a premium version, Warp+, that will have faster speeds with Argo technology. The monthly fee will vary by region to make it “affordable to as many people as possible,” according to Prince.
One of Warp’s main advantages is its data-logging policy. Most VPNs claim that they have a zero-log policy, but when looking closely at their privacy policies, it becomes clear that the opposite is true. IPVanish, for example, trackers page requests, browser and operating system types, and average time spent on their website, among other data. In 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued them a “summons of records” to get information on a criminal suspect, and IPVanish was forced to comply, contradicting the policies reported on their website.
Cloudflare claims they will never store an user-identifiable data, sell users’ browsing history or use it for their own targeted ads. Unlike most VPNs, Warp does not require any personal information like names, phone numbers, or email addresses. In addition, Cloudflare will regularly hire third-party auditors to ensure they are enforcing these policies. While it’s not immediately clear when users will get access to Warp VPN, they can sign up to be on a waiting list on the 184.108.40.206 app, available on the Apple and Google Play stores.