We recently learned that Cloudflare just opened 184.108.40.206’s gates to their mysterious VPN project, called WARP, which was initially crafted with a waiting list in mind (and a long one too, mind you).
We’ve been on that waiting list for more than just a few months and were starting to lose hope that we’d ever get in, but we’re glad to see that the project’s creators were confident enough to just let every VPN enthusiast barge in at this point.
Although WARP VPN might not be a standalone VPN service, as it is embedded in Cloudflare’s popular 220.127.116.11 DNS resolver app, we’ll try to give the whole FindYourVPN treatment, including speed tests, security tests, company info, policy rundowns, and whatnot.
We’ve even included a table of content so you can skip to the “juicy” parts if you want to. Stay tuned and learn exactly how powerful WARP is and whether or not it’s good for you.
- Company information
- U.S.A. Jurisdiction
- Terms of service analysis
- A quick introduction to WARP
- Creating an account
- Downloading the app on your device
- Checking the installer for malware
- Running WARP on your device
- Changing the settings
- List of servers
- Services unlocked
- TOR and torrenting support
- Customer support
- Security check-up results
- Speed test results
- Pricing plans
Most of the times we’re having a hard time trying to figure out the companies behind certain VPN projects since they all seem to be shrouded in mystery, but this time we’re glad that Cloudflare is popular enough and doesn’t need much of an introduction.
For those of you who still have no clue what I’m talking about, Cloudflare is an American company that provides services such as website security, web infrastructure, content delivery network services, distributed domain name server services, DDoS mitigation, as well as Internet security. Rings a bell yet? Good.
Cloudflare was founded 10 years ago, on July 2009 by Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn, and the company’s headquarters is, as you’d expect, in the U.S.A. San Francisco, California, to be more precise.
We’ve started with an alright scene, Cloudflare, 18.104.22.168 and everything was great, but here’s a minor speed bump: as we’ve mentioned before, Cloudflare is based in the U.S.A.
While some of you might brush it off as being irrelevant, those of you who take an active interest in online security are familiar with the fact that the U.S.A. is not only a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances, it’s actually a founding member.
Allegiance to these alliances means that, if the need arises, participating countries must contribute and share electronic data (surveillance data, most of the times) with each other. Long story short, the U.S.A. government has the legal framework to collect personal data on you and share it with other countries that are members of these alliances.
Terms of service analysis
We’ve told you this before: WARP is not exactly a standalone service, as it is embedded in Cloudflare’s popular 22.214.171.124 DNS resolver, so naturally, the Terms of Service are aimed at 126.96.36.199 users.
As you’d expect from a power player such as Cloudflare, the terms of service documentation is rather lengthy, but don’t worry, we’ll give it a rundown, extract its essentials and bring them back to you, for your convenience.
- The effective date of this agreement is August 2, 2019, so make sure to check on this date often, as it might be an efficient way of knowing if changes have occurred to the agreement and the date they become effective;
- You become bound by the agreement if you download, install, access and/or use the 188.8.131.52 application, so make sure to read all the conditions and make sure that you agree with them;
- WARP, in the form of 184.108.40.206, can be used with the aid of the personal, revocable, non-exclusive and non-transferable license that Cloudflare provides you with;
- You are not allowed to modify, reverse engineer, decompile or create derivative works of the 220.127.116.11 app (WARP included);
- At any time and in its sole discretion, Cloudflare may terminate your 18.104.22.168 app usage, reduce, suspend or expand it, update, modify or revise the app and/or discontinue its support for the app;
- You understand that you don’t own the 22.214.171.124 (WARP) app, you’re just licensed to use it and everything related to it is the property of Cloudflare, their agents, affiliates, and licensors;
- Cloudflare doesn’t guarantee that the application services will be continuously available, but you will be informed if any major changes will occur;
- At its sole discretion, Cloudflare may impose limits on, suspend or block some kinds of usage;
- Cloudflare is not responsible for failures to keep your data, messages, and pages confidential, secure, accurate and of good quality;
- You are responsible for ensuring that the device you want to run WARP (126.96.36.199) on is compatible with the services and is connected to the Internet;
- You are not allowed to use WARP to misrepresent or act on behalf of others and all the messages that you send while connected to the services shall identify you as the sender;
- You are not allowed to use WARP to engage in any illegal activities;
- You are not allowed to use WARP to transmit unlawful content or material that infringes another person’s intellectual property rights;
- You are not allowed to alter the “attribute of origin” in messages, posts, emails and the such (e.g. header forging) while connected to WARP;
- You are not allowed to alter, disrupt, modify or interfere with the services or put a strain on the services;
- You are required to abide by all applicable local, state, national and foreign laws while you’re using WARP;
- If Cloudflare receives complaints regarding your usage of the services in an unlawful manner, it will be seen as a violation of the agreement and your account will be terminated without notice;
- Note that refunds will be issued only at the discretion of the app store you’ve retrieved the subscription from (either Google or Apple);
- Understand that Cloudflare reserves the right to modify the content of the agreement at any time and it’s your responsibility to check for changes;
- In case that a revision alters your rights in a considerable manner, Cloudflare will make “reasonable efforts” to inform you of said changes;
- Note that if you continue to use the Service after such a modification has occurred, it will be deemed as your acceptance and agreement of the changes;
- Cloudflare claims that the company collects the “minimum amount of data” that is believed to be required to provide you with the service;
- According to the policy, there are three categories of data that Cloudflare collects: Account Data, Operational Data, and DNS Resolver Information, the first two being kept pseudonymized, while the third being anonymized at the edge data centers;
- Your name, phone number or credit card information are not collected since the App Stores are used to process the payments;
- A limited amount of information is transmitted from the App Stores to Cloudflare but only to confirm your service subscription;
- Cloudflare promises to keep your personal information private and not sell it, share it, rent it or disclose it to anyone without providing you with notice and asking for your consent;
Types of collected data:
- Account – used to manage your account and authorize Internet requests from your device to Cloudflare’s network;
- Subscription – used to manage your subscription if you decide to purchase a premium subscription plan;
- Referral – used to credit referrals to you if you choose to participate in the corresponding program;
- Request data (source IP and port, destination IP) – if you use the 188.8.131.52 DNS resolver, your request data might be retained for 24 hours for emergency situations such as responding to law enforcement requests;
- Performance data – the services you enable and the amount of data you transfer are being tracked and used to understand how the app is affecting your connection in an attempt to improve the service. Performance data doesn’t include personally identifiable information.
- Device data – includes device information such as device model and operating system and is used for troubleshooting and service improvement. These details do not include unique device identifiers;
- Crash logs – used for troubleshooting and improvement of the services. These details do not contain your IP address or personally identifiable data;
- Feedback – your email address is required when you provide feedback. This information is used for troubleshooting and service improvement. The email address will be deleted 6 months from the date of collection;
DNS Resolver Information:
Limited DNS query data – collected when you have the 184.108.40.206 resolver enabled on your device, does not contain your IP address or other personally identifiable information and is deleted after 24 hours;
According to the WARP announcement post on Cloudflare’s blog:
- User-identifiable log data is not written to disk;
- Your browser data won’t be sold or used to target you with advertising data;
- You don’t need to provide personal information such as your name, email address or phone number to use 220.127.116.11 with WARP;
- Outside auditors will be hired on a regular basis to check if Cloudflare is living up to their promises;
A quick introduction to WARP
As Cloudflare describes it by itself, WARP is a VPN service for people who don’t know what a VPN is and what it stands for, joking about how hard it is to convince a non-tech-savvy user to install an app that will slow down their Internet and drain their battery for a bit more extra security.
Since WARP is actually piggybacking the 18.104.22.168 app, no extra installation needs to be performed if you want to enjoy the VPN features. After you enable the WARP service within the 22.214.171.124 app, you can quickly change between 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 with WARP, which is the same DNS resolver app, but with added VPN capabilities. Sounds cool, right?
Creating an account
Well, normally you’d be on the account creation section right now, but we love being the bearers of good news, so we’ll tell you right from the start that WARP doesn’t require that you have an account in order to use it.
You must be thinking how is that possible, right? Well, it’s not all true: since the only ways to enjoy WARP are by installing the 184.108.40.206 app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store, it’s required that you have a Google account or an iTunes account, depending on which device you’re trying to use WARP from.
Downloading the app on your device
It’s worth mentioning that at this point, you can’t use WARP on your desktop computer, whether it’s a Windows PC or a Mac we’re talking about, so it’s only for your mobile devices for now.
However, that could also be seen as a good thing, given that you can download and install the app at the same time with minimum efforts and almost zero knowledge of such operations since the whole process is so intuitive.
Usually, it’s just a couple of buttons, which clearly indicate the stage you’re at, whether it’s getting the app, to begin with, installing it on your device and ultimately launching it.
Checking the installer for malware
Remember how for other devices (Windows computers) we’d download installers and upload them to VirusTotal to check them for even the slightest hint of malware codes embedded within them? Well, we can safely skip this part with WARP and 220.127.116.11.
The reason why is that you can only get 18.104.22.168 on your iPhone/iPad and Android devices and both of the App Stores have built-in malware detection and prevention features.
Apple, for instance, has the App Review, which makes sure each app in the Store is reviewed before being accepted and Gatekeeper, which requires downloaded software to be digitally signed by Apple before it can be installed. Google has its own malware prevention feature called Google Play Protect, which is built into Android, scans up to 50 billion apps every day and can even perform on-demand scans.
Running WARP on your device
Now, assuming that you’ve taken all the preliminary steps (i.e. having an App Store account, downloading the service and installing it to your device), you can now launch it, either directly from the App Store or from the icon its installation generated on your phone.
The last step is necessary to enable VPN functionality to the 22.214.171.124 application. Once you do that, you can toggle both the DNS resolver and the VPN by simply flicking the large switch on the main screen of the app.
Changing the settings
Despite it being an extremely simplistic app, 126.96.36.199 (WARP) still offers you a bunch of settings that you can configure, albeit minimalistic ones. However, note that the settings are reserved for the 188.8.131.52 DNS resolver and not for the VPN.
Clicking the hamburger button in the top-right corner of the app’s screen (the one that looks like three horizontal lines) will bring you to the “Settings” section, which allows you to switch between vanilla (classic) 184.108.40.206, which is a standard DNS resolver, and 220.127.116.11 with WARP, which is basically 18.104.22.168 but with added VPN functionality.
The “Connection Options” from the “More Settings” section in the “Settings” screen only let you choose your preferred protocol and tunnel mode, but they’re only accessible through the 22.214.171.124 mode. If you’re using the 126.96.36.199 with WARP mode, those settings will be greyed out.
List of servers
Remember a while ago when I told you that while WARP does have basic VPN functionality, it’s far from being a fully-fledged VPN? I didn’t tell you that? Well, I’ll say it now: WARP does anonymize your connection and all, but you can’t do much else except from toggling the service on and off.
While we’d love to include a generous list of servers that you can connect to, WARP doesn’t encompass a server switcher, so you’re stuck to whatever server it decides to assign you to. I’m guessing that there are several servers you can connect to, it’s just that this information isn’t publicly available (yet).
We hit another speed bump on our WARP assessment and we’re sad to inform you that this service won’t be able to give you unhampered access to your favorite geo-restricted entertainment services.
You know, the kinds of Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime Video. Usually, when a VPN can unblock these services, you can see it everywhere on their website, but that’s not the case with WARP. Moving on.
TOR and torrenting support
This is usually the part where we test for TOR and torrenting support. The good news is that both work surprisingly fine with WARP, but the truth is that next to nobody uses torrent clients on their mobile devices.
Even if you fall into this category (mobile device torrent user type), I’d be very cautious if I were you, since Cloudflare clearly stated in their Terms of Service that they may terminate your account if you put a strain on their services or if you use the service in an excessive manner.
While on computers this shouldn’t be a problem since they’re frequently used for torrenting, mobile devices have a much lower bandwidth consumption standard, so I wouldn’t engage in torrenting from my mobile device while connected to WARP if I were you.
Same goes with TOR, but for a totally different reason: while TOR is generally used to add an extra layer of security to your connection, landing on a malicious node might make you an ideal target for monitoring. Plus the speed will go down. Way down.
It is Cloudflare we’re talking about, after all, so we expect their customer support section to be impeccable. We noticed that there’s no live chat option anywhere on their website and later learned that it’s only available for Business and Enterprise customers, accessible exclusively from the Cloudflare dashboard, which is not possible for us.
There’s a large number of guides and articles about various issues, so the odds that you’ll be able to troubleshoot some issues on your own are pretty good. In-app you can find a “Send Feedback” feature as well as a bug reported which take you to the same menu. There’s also a community forum where you can seek help.
Not too bad, not great either. Just fine.
Security check-up results
It’s time for us to perform our security tests to determine whether WARP can make your connection foolproof and keep it that way. The security assessment will unfold as we’ve explained in this article.
Conclusion: The test results were wildly different, as you can see that some of them didn’t leak a thing, while others kept spilling sensitive info through the cracks, including IP and DNS requests. Security isn’t WARP’s forte, unfortunately. Moving on…
Speed test results
Well, usually when we test for speed values, we handpick multiple servers of the same VPN service and perform our tests on each one of them, since we’re trying to see whether or not the location has a negative impact on speed and if it so, we want to know how bad it is.
However, WARP simplified things for us, since there’s no way to switch servers, you get what you get. So what we did was performed a speed test without being connected to WARP and another one after we’ve established the VPN connection. Let’s see what we got:
|Location||Internet Speed||Latency||Upload Speed||Downloaded||Uploaded|
|Without WARP||89 Mbps||5 ms||123 ms||51 Mbps||90 MB||210 MB|
|With WARP||28 Mbps||5 ms||146 ms||46 Mbps||30 MB||160 MB|
As you can see, WARP reduced our connection’s speed with 61%, but the latency values looked pretty good. Conclusion? Speed isn’t a strong point of WARP, either.
This is wildly complicated to talk about, and you’ll know in a few exactly why. First thing’s first, though: WARP is generally a free service, so you can also use it without having to pay a dime, but ONLY if you can keep it within 10 GBs per month. Getting past this threshold won’t necessarily kick you out of the app/service, but your connection will get really slow.
You can invite your friends to try out the service and will receive 100 MBs per month for each friend that signs up. Now comes the fun part: you can upgrade to WARP+ if you want to lift the 10GBs/month limit.
However, the WARP+ pricing plans are being adjusted on a regional basis, so it’s really no correct way of telling you the prices since we might be 99,99% wrong, as we’d have no idea where you’d try to purchase the upgrade from.
However, it seems that not only the region plays a role in changing the product’s price, as the platform you’re upgrading from also seems to be important. There are reports, for instance, which show that in Australia, upgrading from iOS costs $4.99 per month, while the price for a WARP+ upgrade on Android is $7.
Considering the lack of features and limitations imposed (not being able to switch servers, not unblocking various services, etc.), even $4.99 is a high price. Also, you can only use WARP+ on the device that you upgraded from, so that’s another major inconvenience.
To wrap it up, WARP is Cloudflare’s new VPN solution, which they cleverly integrated within their already-popular 188.8.131.52 DNS resolver app. Cloudflare’s headquarters are in the U.S.A., which is not only a member of the infamous 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances but is also a founding member.
WARP can only be accessed through 184.108.40.206, which is only available for mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android phones), so desktop users can’t benefit from its features, although there were some claims that desktop versions are soon to come.
The WARP service is extremely intuitive and easy to use, but unfortunately, its greatest feat (the user-friendliness and its simplicity) also limits its potential. You can’t switch servers, there’s no kill switch, there is no split tunneling, there is only a connect/disconnect button and that’s it. However, it seems like a success for Cloudflare, who stated that WARP should be seen as a VPN for people who don’t know what a VPN is or what it stands for.
You can’t unblock entertainment services with it, torrenting works but we wouldn’t recommend you to engage in P2P file-sharing activities on your phone and we also highly advise you to not use TOR in conjunction with WARP, due to the risks you’re exposing yourself to.
Security tests have shown that WARP isn’t reliable at all when it comes to keeping your data secure within the VPN tunnel, as we leaked IP addresses and DNS requests, both of which are critical. Speed test results weren’t great, either, as we noticed a 61% slow down when we were connected to WARP compared to our default connection.
WARP comes as a free VPN service, but there’s a catch: you can only use it “naturally” within the confines of a 10GBs per month limit, after which your connection will become slower. There’s a referral program that could expand this 10GBs limit with 100 Mbs for every contact that you recommend and signs up for the service.
Last, but not least, upgrading the service has a different cost depending on the region you’re upgrading from, which is not a bad thing, but the price is rather high considering that the service is very limited in its nature and that you can only use it on one device (i.e. the one you’re purchasing the upgrade from). More so, the price also seems to be different depending on the platform you’re trying to upgrade from.
Do we recommend WARP? No. For the same price, you can find a more all-round efficient VPN service. However, if you’re looking for a free, simple VPN service that comes with a DNS resolver on the side, WARP is exactly what you’re looking for.
+ Free 10GBs/month trial; (5)
+ Extremely easy to use; (5)
– U.S.A. is a member of the 5, 9, 14 Eyes Alliances; (1)
– Very limited usability (no server switch, no configuration option); (0)
– No desktop client; (1)
– Leaks IP and DNS; (0)
– 61% connection slowdown; (1)
– Can’t unblock various services; (1)
– A rather high price considering its features; (2)
– If you want to purchase an upgrade, it can only be used on the device you’re buying the upgrade from; (1)
WARP receives a 1.7/5 rating.