On Monday, Google announced their plans to create an app which would enable anyone on the net to set up their own private VPN with the click of a button right from the comfort of their browsers. Dubbed uProxy, the service will be an easy to use version of many of the same peer-to-peer networks we have become familiar with over the past year, as security and encryption concerned consumers continue to flood the fledgling market of online anonymity services.
DIY P2P networks have been all the rage lately, as government plans to monitor their citizens communications continue to be exposed in dozens of countries across North America and the European Union. Riding this new trend, Google has decided to enter the market with their own answer to the growing question of “where will we be able to hide next?”.
When finished, uProxy will be available to consumers in the form of an extension for Chrome or Firefox, and enables two parties who are already in contact with one another (whether it be through Skype, Gchat, or otherwise) to share their bandwidth securely over a calcified connection. This creates a sort of personalized-VPN network, one that can be deployed between any two computers on the planet that are running the extension and have external or internal methods of communicating with each other. Users can then setup relays to an unlimited number of connections off of the initial hookup, creating an almost Tor-like line of servers which provide anonymity to anyone who may be operating in fear of their government or political organizations but still have a message that needs to be heard.
Google was quick to note it was the very same reason they were releasing the software in the first place that prevented them from taking it open source too early.
“The reason it is closed source at the moment, the reason we’re not open sourcing it right now, is exactly that we don’t want people to start using it before, actually, it’s safe and secure,” said Lucas Dixon, the lead engineer at Google Ideas who has worked on the project.
Prior to release of the proxy network, Google has opened their doors to internet freedom groups such as OpenITP to audit the code, giving them a fighting chance to poke and prod around the project to be sure everything is sealed up as tight as the company says it is. The team also promised simplicity of use that would go unrivaled in the market as it currently stands — because all it takes is a mouse click on behalf of each relay, it’s easier than ever to provide a safe means of self-expression that dignitaries and guerrilla revolutionaries may not have had ready access to otherwise.
Google has been silent on when we can expect a release date for the service, and until then you can look to VPN providers like BolehVPN to suit all your anonymity needs. With BolehVPN, you’ll find a dedication to customer service unseen in any other provider, along with a 7-day 100% money-back guarantee if you are somehow unsatisfied with your service. Get on over to their signup page now, and take advantage of their great deals today!