CloudFlare announces Warp VPN

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 1.1.1.1 app. In the same vein, Warp VPN will not significantly increase battery usage by using an efficient protocol called WireGuard.

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Warp VPN. Photo provided by Cloudflare.

While the basic version of Warp is free with the 1.1.1.1 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 1.1.1.1 app, available on the Apple and Google Play stores.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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