uProxy – Share Your Pathway To the Internet
uProxy is a browser extension that lets users share alternative more secure routes to the Internet. It’s like a personalised VPN service that you set up for yourself and your friends. uProxy helps users protect each other from third parties who may try to watch, block, or redirect users’ Internet connections. You might not realise it, but every time you connect to a website, your information takes many steps. For example it may travel from your computer to a Wi-Fi hotspot, to an Internet service provider, then on to an international gateway before arriving at the site. This journey matters because it is at each step that the connection may be blocked, surveilled or misdirected. uProxy lets you provide a pathway for trusted friends to get safer, more private and more reliable access. You give access to a friend by email or chat. By accessing the Internet through uProxy, a friend’s Internet connection is routed through your computer before continuing to the site they are visiting. uProxy helps avoid attacks on your friend’s Internet connection. You can also use uProxy when you are travelling and worried about the security of your Internet connection. By using uProxy to route your connection back to your home computer, you can access the Internet as if you were in your own home. uProxy has been developed at the University of Washington, with help from Brave New Software. The project was seeded by Google Ideas. This will be added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™.