Cloudflare to launch Warp, a VPN add-on to its 1.1.1.1 DNS service, on phones

Written 2 weeks ago by IanDorfman

Cloudflare has announced that it will launch Warp, a virtual private network service that aims to complement the company's 1.1.1.1 Domain Name System servers.

In a blog post announcing the VPN, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince shared that Small 1.1.1.1 icon1.1.1.1 usage has grown 700% month-over-month, and at its currently expected trajectory will become the second most used public DNS service behind Small Google Public DNS iconGoogle Public DNS.

Prince also describes VPNs on mobile devices by saying that they "suck," further elaborating:
"They add latency, drain your battery, and, in many cases, are run by companies with motivations that are opposite to actually keeping your data private and secure." In contrast, Warp is designed to be "the VPN for people who don't know what V.P.N. stands for," working built in to the 1.1.1.1 DNS server app on Small Android iconAndroid and Small iOS iconiOS.

Warp will ensure that all Internet traffic on your mobile device from every app, not just web browsers like Small Safari iconSafari and Small Google Chrome iconGoogle Chrome, will run through an end-to-end encrypted VPN. For data on the Internet that is not encrypted, encryption will be added from your mobile device itself to the furthest point it interacts with Small Cloudflare iconCloudflare's servers.

In addition to the free service, a paid service called Warp+ promises faster speeds utilizing Argo Smart Routing for a yet-to-be-announced "low monthly fee."

Warp will launch soon, and 1.1.1.1 users can sign up for the waitlist and be notified as soon as the VPN service is available for use via a push notification.

Further coverage:
The Cloudflare Blog
Engadget
gHacks Tech News
The Verge