Psiphon: Step Toward Open and Accessible Internet

Psiphon Internet Security
Psiphon Internet Security

It may seem like the Internet as we know it won’t survive for a long time. New Internet censorship bills are being proposed at a faster rate than ever before and even one of the founders and spokespersons of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, has said that the Internet is broken. Despite this bleak outlook, there are still ways how to preserve information control and freedom within the existing paradigm. First released back in 2004, Psiphon is a circumvention system that can be used to provide users with uncensored access to the Internet.

Psiphon Internet Security
Psiphon Internet Security

The software uses a sophisticated combination of the latest VPN, SSH, and HTTP proxy technologies in conjunction with easy to understand software interface that doesn’t require deep technical knowledge, which makes it perfect for journalists and any ordinary citizens in need of better privacy protection. The software is currently available on Windows and Android. The initial setup is straightforward on both platforms and the application is able to do almost everything for you.

Psiphon Internet Security
Psiphon Internet Security

For Android:

  1. Download the app from Google Play Store or the official website.
  2. Install it like any other Android application.
  3. Launch the app.
  4. The app will automatically connect to the Psiphon network.
  5. Once connected, you can launch the built-in Psiphon browser to safely browse the web.
  6. (optional) If you have root permissions, you can enable system-wide tunneling to protect internet communication of all installed applications.

For Windows:

  1. Download the installer from the official website.
  2. Install the downloaded client program.
  3. Let it automatically connect to the Psiphon servers.
  4. (optional) Enable SSH or SSH+ mode to automatically set Windows system proxy settings to protect all internet communication from your machine.
Psiphon Internet Security
Psiphon Internet Security

It’s important to keep in mind that Psiphon is developed mainly for censorship circumvention purposes and not as an anti-surveillance tool. This means that it doesn’t try to clear all traces that could lead to your true identities such as browser history, cookies, and JavaScript execution. It’s up to individual users to take additional steps in order to protect their anonymity online.