Monday, February 18, 2008

psiphon

Researchers at University of Toronto introduced a software tool on Friday, December 1, 2006 that aims to help people in countries that censor the World Wide Web. Psiphon (pronounced sigh-fawn), a web-based utility, lets individuals in a country that censors the internet sign on to a server that gives them secure access to web pages anywhere, bypassing government restrictions.

Psiphon turns a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere. The user in the uncensored country downloads the software and installs it on his/her home computer. psiphon is free and open source, and comes in Linux and Windows versions. It is easy to install, and comes with a very detailed and easy-to-follow user guide.

If your computer is behind a home router it may require some configuration. Once installed, the psiphon provider sends the connection information to users in censored jurisdictions by the most secure means available. The censored user does not have to install any software but simply types a URL into the psiphon “blue bar.” This means that the psiphon circumvention system can be accessed from anywhere. Since the locations of psiphon-enabled computers are private, they are difficult for censors to find and block.

Official Site - http://psiphon.civisec.org

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