WARP the CloudFlare VPN service to improve mobile Internet performance and security


Last April, Cloudflare announced the integration of a VPN app DNS resolution called "Warp", in beta version, this has been promoted as a VPN developed by Cloudflare which tries to redirect your traffic to make it even faster and it also encrypts it as much as possible to improve security and privacy.

As well as providing the privacy and security of other mobile VPNs, Cloudflare has designed Warp to be better optimized for mobile devices. For example, uses the WireGuard VPN protocol, which, according to Cloudflare, should reduce battery consumption compared to a typical VPN app. Cloudflare also claims that Warp should reduce data usage by caching and compressing content as much as possible.

Although VPNs are often used to make websites and services accessed from a different location, this is not a feature that the Cloudflare app offers. Instead, the VPN works behind the scenes to increase speed and privacy.

Technically WARP is a VPN, but it is designed for a very different audience than the traditional VPN. WARP is not designed to allow access to geo-restricted contentas the IP address will not be hidden from the websites that are visited.

So Cloudflare recommends that if you're looking for this kind of high-security protection, a VPN or traditional service like Tor is probably a better option.

The company then explained:

“Today we are pleased to announce what we planned more than two years ago: application powered by Warp performance and security technology. We build Warp from the ground up so it can evolve in the harsh conditions of the modern mobile internet.

This started with our acquisition of Neumob in November 2017. At that time, our CTO, John Graham-Cumming, explained how Neumob was part of our “Super Secret Master Plan”. At the time, he had argued that:

“In the end, the Neumob software is easily scalable to function as a» VPN «for mobile devices that can secure and accelerate all HTTP traffic from a mobile device (including normal web browsing and application API calls).

Honestly, most VPN software is null. Using a virtual private network (VPN) is a step back into the era of missed calls, slowdowns, and cumbersome software, which you don't need. It does not have to be this way.

Despite a schedule that was based on July, it was not until this September that Warp is available to the general public. Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudfare, apologized for the delay:

“Today, after waiting longer than expected, we are opening WARP and WARP Plus to the general public. If you haven't heard yet, WARP is a mobile application designed for all users and uses our global network to protect all Internet traffic on your phone.

Finally Cloudfare warns that there will be errors It explains that the most widespread error at the moment is the considerable slowdown of a mobile Internet connection with WARP compared to a mobile Internet connection without Warp.

This is generally due to misdirected traffic. For example, Cloudflare discovered a network in Turkey earlier this week that was routed to London rather than its local Turkish facilities.

The company ensures that once it is aware of these problems routing, you can usually resolve them quickly.

Other common mistakes were captive portals - the pages where you must enter information, for example when connecting to a hotel with WiFI.

Cloudflare has fixed a lot, But remember that since WARP users have not yet connected to all captive portals, there will inevitably be a few that are down.

However, the company has provided the bug report. From within the app, you can click the little error icon near the top of the screen or just shake your phone with the app open and report it quickly.

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