Internet censorship is becoming more serious an issue every day. On a lot of forums, you can read people discussing internet censorship bills, such as PIPA and SOPA, aimed at taking away the internet freedom of users by introducing censorship, as well as anti-privacy laws. Other than this, some websites are not offered in certain regions. Same is the case with some of the videos hosted on YouTube. Sometimes, when you click a YouTube video link, you are greeted with a message that the selected video is not available in your region. Today, we have a portable anti-censorship application called Freegate, which lets you access websites blocked in your region. While most VPN applications affect the browsing speed, Freegate provides as fast a connection to websites that are not available in your country as you’d get for local domains. Moreover, if anyone tries to access a website containing adult material, Freegate detects the adult material, denies the user’s request and does not allow passage. Keep reading to find out more about Freegate.
According to the product page, Freegate works by tapping into an anti-censorship backbone. Whenever you are using a proxy software, all the blocked websites are accessible because your IP address is faked by the program in order to trick the server into believing that the website is being accessed from another (generally permitted) region.
When you start the application for the first time, the Free Proxy Control dialog box pops up. It allows you to create lists of websites for connecting through Freegate. There are basically three modes available to handle the lists. The first mode is named All websites go through Freegate proxy, and as the name suggests, selecting this option will make all the internet traffic go through the Freegate server. The second option allows you to add websites to a list, and even when the application is running, a direct connection will be made to these websites instead of routing it through Freegate proxy. There is also a second list, which lets you specify the websites that go through Freegate proxy regardless of whether they are added in the above, direct list. The third option lets you specify only those websites that you want to access through Freegate,. It means that all other domains which are not included in this list, will be accessed directly. Click OK when all settings are done.
The main interface opens after configuring all the settings. There are four tabs, namely Server, Status, Tunnel and Settings. The Server tab provides you with a live view of connection stability to proxy servers provided by Freegate, you can turn the Proxy mode on and off from the Status tab, under Tunnel you can switch between A Tunnel & F Tunnel, and change the modes between Proxy Mode and Classic Mode.
The Settings tab allows you to configure different aspects of the application, such as Delete IE history when the program exits, Skip proxy settings window when program starts, Do not set IE proxy etc.
Click More Settings to specify advanced program parameters. You can change the default application startup behavior, update settings and specify a hotkey to show Freegate. It also allows you to disable certain IE components, such as Disable IE Java Function, Disable IE ActiveX etc.
Freegate is a portable application that works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.