PsiPhon

Allows anyone to have internet access on their device

3.9

51 Votes

  • Category Networks
  • Program license Free
  • Version 249
  • Size 15 MB
  • Works under: Android
  • Also available for Windows 
  • Program available in English
  • Content rating Everyone
  • Package name com.psiphon3
  • Program by Psiphon Inc.
    Canada

PsiPhon is an open-source web browser for Android that emphasizes privacy and censorship-free Internet access.

Surf the Web with PsiPhon, a web browser used by people in more than 200 countries around the world. This is an open-source project, which means that the app is free to use, and the source code is freely available as well. You can also contribute to the project if you like.

This web browser differs from most others in its focus, and the emphasis here is on censorship and privacy. In countries around the world, governments dictate what users can and cannot have access to online. The goal of this browser is to overcome these limitations that many people believe to be a violation of the rights that all people should enjoy.

The approach used here is to connect to PsiPhon’s servers through a series of proxies. This way, you can’t as easily be tracked or identified. When you access a webpage, you do so by requesting it from the VPN. The VPN resides in a country where access is unrestricted so is able to access the content and then send it to you.

This web browser is a work in process being developed by a team that volunteers its time. This team has certain priorities, and it can’t yet and perhaps will never be able to compete with the giants. Many of the features that users have come to expect from modern web browsers simply aren’t here. If you’re dealing with censorship online, then that sacrifice may be worth it, or if you simply prefer a streamlined browsing experience, then this app is certainly worth a look.

Pros

  • An open browser
  • Puts focus on avoiding censorship

Cons

  • Feature set not as robust as most browsers

v91: Fix startup lag

v89: Bug fixes

v84: New icon and bug fixes

v82: Bug fixes

v80: Fix for Android 5.1

v78: Bug fixes

v74: New upstream proxy authentication options

v72: Optimized server selection algorithm

v70: Bug fixes

v68: Android 5.0 (Lollipop) support

v64: Homepage launches in new Home tab

v62: Disable JavaScript in Psiphon Browser due to severe Android security vulnerability (https://psiphon.ca/en/blog/psiphon-CVE-2014-6041.html)

v61: Fewer disconnections, improved feedback form

Potentially dangerous permissions

  • ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access approximate location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.
  • READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
  • WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.

Other permissions

  • ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
  • ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • NFC: Allows applications to perform I/O operations over NFC.
  • VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
  • android.permission.FOREGROUND_SERVICE
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