While most Google services has not been always available to other countries, they have always expressed their concern for the lack of security on foreign networks. And inspired by this, they will be releasing their latest project – uProxy. The service is seeded by Google Ideas and is being developed in conjunction with the University of Washington and Brave New Software.
uProxy is a service that will let you connect to the internet via other people’s connection. This will be a very useful service because it gives users who are in less secure areas of the world have access to a secure connection. In the same light, it will allow users who don’t have access to some necessary services gain access to them via your connection. It is meant to avoid censorship and emphasize privacy due to the fact that some areas of the Internet do not enjoy those luxuries.
This may sound similar to VPN but it behaves slightly differently and is a little more constrained. VPN services can typically handle all traffic over your connection whilst uProxy is a browser extension. Meaning it will only affect the traffic that is coming in and out of your browser.
uProxy is currently in restricted beta so Google is only inviting a small number of users. These users are required to have a strong technical background in order to make sure the service is as secure as possible. uProxy will only be available on Chrome and Firefox for now.
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