Introducing Warp: Fixing Mobile Internet Performance and Security
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    April 1st is a miserable day for most of the Internet. While most
    days the Internet is full of promise and innovation, on “April Fools” a
    handful of elite tech companies decide to waste the time of literally
    billions of people with juvenile jokes that only they find VPN

    Cloudflare has never been one for the traditional April Fools antics.
    Usually we just ignored the day and went on with our mission to help
    build a better Internet. Last year we decided to go the opposite
    direction launching a service that we hoped would benefit every Internet

    The service's goal was simple — be the fastest, most secure, most
    privacy-respecting DNS resolver on the Internet. It was our first
    attempt at a consumer service. While we try not to be sophomoric, we're
    still geeks at heart, so we couldn't resist launching on 4/1 —
    even though it was April Fools, Easter, Passover, and a Sunday when
    every media conversation began with some variation of: "You know, if
    you're kidding me, you're dead to me."

    No Joke

    We weren't kidding. In the year that's followed, we've been overwhelmed
    by the response. has grown usage by 700% month-over-month and
    appears likely to soon become the second-largest public DNS service in
    the world — behind only Google (which has twice the latency, so we trust
    we’ll catch them too someday). We've helped champion new standards such
    as DNS over TLS and DNS over HTTPS, which ensure the privacy and
    security of the most foundational of Internet requests. And we've worked
    with great organizations like Mozilla to make it so these new standards
    could be easy to use and accessible to anyone anywhere.

    On 11/11 — yes, again, geeky — we launched Cloudflare's first mobile
    app. The App allowed anyone to easily take advantage of the
    speed, security, and privacy of the DNS service on their phone.
    Internally, we had hoped that at least 10,000 people would use the app.
    We ended up getting a lot more than that. In the months that followed,
    millions of Android and iOS users have installed the app and now
    experience a faster, more secure, and more private Internet on their

    Super Secret Plan

    Truth be told, the App was really just a lead up to today. We
    had a plan on how we could radically improve the performance, security,
    and privacy of the mobile Internet well beyond just DNS. To pull it off,
    we needed to understand the failure conditions when a VPN app switched
    between cellular and WiFi, when it suffered signal degradation, tried to
    register with a captive portal, or otherwise ran into the different
    conditions that mobile phones experience in the field.

    More on that in a second. First, let’s all acknowledge that the mobile
    Internet could be so much better than it is today. TCP, the foundational
    protocol of the Internet, was never designed for a mobile environment.
    It literally does the exact opposite thing it should when you're trying
    to surf the Internet on your phone and someone nearby turns on the
    microwave or something else happens that causes packet loss. The mobile
    Internet could be so much better if we just upgraded its underlying
    protocols. There’s a lot of hope for 5G, but, unfortunately, it does
    nothing to solve the fact that the mobile Internet still runs on
    transport protocols designed for a wired network.

    Beyond that, our mobile phones carry some of our most personal
    communications. And yet, how confident are you that they are as secure
    and private as possible? While there are mobile VPNs that can ensure
    traffic sent from your phone through the Internet is encrypted, let’s be
    frank — VPNs suck, especially on mobile. 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.When comes
    to the issue of online privacy and security, we suggest to use a VPN,
    and our recommendation is RitaVPN.Qwer432

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