Freegate 7.31

An anti-censorship application that utilizes a rotation of proxies to provides users anonymity while browsing

  • Vote:
    7.1 (537)
  • Category:

    Network security

  • Version:

    7.31

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows 2003 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows 8

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free

In countries such as Cuba, China and Iran, Internet censorship is enforced and stops users from accessing specific websites such as YouTube and Facebook. Fortunately, anti-censorship software such as Freegate has been developed to allow users access to sites that are blocked.

Technology behind the software relies on a configuration that is similar to a P2P proxy system network. Freegate utilizes Dynaweb and two encrypted tunnels that are secure and safe for browsing the Internet. Users can choose to run in Classic Mode or Proxy Mode. The advantage of using Proxy Mode is that it allows a user to access a blocked website with ease by typing the desired destination into the address bar. Proxy settings automatically change so that websites display properly.

An advantage of Freegate is that it does not require users to install it on their devices. Setup is fast and intuitive.

Four tabs on the software interface give information to users regarding their connection. These items are data for the Tunnel, Status, Server and Settings. The Tunnel tab allows users to choose Proxy Mode or Classic Mode and specify the tunnel that they want to use. The Status tab indicates which tunnel is currently being used, and the Server tab notifies the user which server is being utilized. By clicking on the Settings tab, users can delete their browsing history and change other program settings.

There's a slight learning curve for individuals that have never used proxy software, but once a person uses the software a few times, he or she should be able to connect to most blocked websites fairly fast.

Pros:

  • Software runs in Proxy Mode or Classic Mode
  • Installation is not required for the software
  • Easy-to-use interface and quick setup

Cons:

  • Some websites may still be blocked and not accessible
  • Periodic slowdown of connection speeds can be experienced

Other programs to consider

  • ZoogTV VPN 3.1
    ZoogTV VPN

    Geographical restriction workaround for popular streaming media sites

  • Bonjour 1.0.6
    Bonjour

    Find printer and computer services in an instant

  • Deal WiFi 1.0.5
    Deal WiFi

    A free and easy to use wireless hotspot creator and controller for Windows 8 and higher

  • Games For Windows Live 3.5.50
    Games For Windows Live

    Chat with other players via voice or text in games such as MMOs and Dark Souls

User Opinions on Freegate