PsiPhon

Allows anyone to have internet access on their device

3.9

50 Votes

  • Category Networks
  • License Free
  • Version 145
  • Size 8 MB
  • Works under Android
  • Also available for Windows 
  • Language English
  • Content rating Everyone
  • Package name com.psiphon3
  • Author Psiphon Inc.
    Canada

Available for Android mobile devices, PsiPhon is basically an open-code browser application that helps users access materials that would otherwise be banned in their respective nations, thus allowing greater freedoms for people using the Internet.

What PsiPhon Is and What it Does

Let's say that you live in a nation that is very oppressive in terms of “adult” content, so when you go to check on a YouTube video you really want to see, the site tells you that it's been banned in your country for whatever reasons. It could be a song, a movie, or even a cat video that the ruling class decided you shouldn't be watching. For years now, people have been setting proxy addresses to get around these things, but there's a much easier way to do it if you're an Android user. You can simply download and install the PsiPhon app, and you will be able to instantly access materials that your territory has previously banned. This works by basically tricking the host site into believing your Internet provider address is coming from somewhere else other than your nation, so it doesn't ping against any firewall with the host site. This will allow you to watch what you want, to post what you want, and to have the freedom you should have when browsing the Internet.

The best part about this app is that you don't have to worry about manually setting these proxies. Although people skilled enough can do this easily, it's actually a tough task for the uninitiated. This app will automatically set you up through proxies, so that all you have to do is browse. If and when you run into blocked content, the proxies will automatically connect you to a host nation that isn't banned by the host site. It really is that simple.

Pros and Cons of the PsiPhon App

Pros

  • Works with any sort of website online
  • Process is automatic and doesn't require you to set the proxy
  • Random proxies used so the host site doesn't catch on
  • Works with any Android 2.3 or higher

Cons

  • Having a proxy address for site A might affect site B
  • May only work for viewing content, not downloading it

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

  • 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.
  • GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
  • INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
  • RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
  • VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
  • WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.
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