Psiphon Portable is a light piece of software that enables you to hide your Internet activity from your ISP and other services that might be interested in monitoring your web navigation activity.
The utility acts as an anti-censorship tool
After a quick setup, you come face to face with a user-friendly and well-organized GUI that should not pose any issues regardless of your experience with configuring VPN services. In fact, you can easily connect by specifying the server that you want to connect to. Generally speaking, opting for the closest country usually provides the best results speed-wise.
The program relies on multiple protocols and transport system to enable you to navigate the Internet securely and in anonymity. Therefore, in case you cannot connect via a certain specification, you can employ an alternative mechanism – SSH or SSH+ – to bypass the censor and access the content.
The VPN client proxies your Internet traffic
The strong point of the application stems from the fact that it allows you to hide traffic by establishing a connection in VPN mode. In other words, if you switch to the virtual private network mode, then the applications using local SOCKS or HTTP protocols are redirected through the Psiphon network.
You should know that the port numbers for these connections are selected randomly and automatically. However, if you want to use your own port numbers, you can make the modifications by defining the connection’s details in the Settings window.
On a side note, some users have pointed out that they noticed their connection becoming slower whenever they enable the VPN client. It is necessary to mention that the L2TP/IPSec protocol may experience performance problems and can be incompatible with certain networking hardware and Internet connections.
An intuitive app that allows you to surf the Internet securely
All in all, if you live in a geographic region where certain websites and online services are restricted due to various reasons, then Psiphon can help you bypass bans and access the desired content..
• Custom branding. Psiphon 3 offers a flexible sponsorship system which includes sponsor-branded clients. Dynamic branding includes graphics and text on the client UI; and a region-specific dynamic homepage mechanism that allows a different home page to open depending on where in the world the client is run.
• Chain of trust. Each client instance may be digitally signed to certify its authenticity. Embedded server certificates certify that Psiphon servers the client connects to are the authentic servers for that client.
• Privacy. Psiphon 3 is designed to respect user privacy. User statistics are logged in aggregate, but no individual personally identifying information, such as user IP addresses, are retained in PsiphonV log files.