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How to Access Blocked Websites at Work or School

How to Access Blocked Websites at Work or School

If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to visit blocked websites like YouTube, MySpace, etc. at school or at work then Psiphon may be just the program you need.

There’s a wide range of ways to circumnavigate the censors on your network, be it the Torpark browser, proxy servers, or anonymizers, but none are as simple and virtually guaranteed to work as is Psiphon.

Developed in a basement lab at the University of Toronto, a team of political scientists, software engineers and computer-hacking activists, or “hactivists,” collaborated to created this powerful tool to allow Internet users to circumvent censorship of the Internet.

“Governments have militarized their censorship efforts to an incredible extent so we’re trying to reverse some of that and restore that promise that the Internet once had for unfettered access and communication,” said Ronald Deibert, director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab where Psiphon was developed.

Now most who read this are likely to have less than such idealistic notions of circumventing government censorship, but the problem is nonetheless the same – beating network censors.

The guide that follows will explain Psiphon in more detail as well as walk you the process of installation and setup step by step.

How Does It Work?

How Do I Set It Up?

How Do I Connect as a User?

How Anonymous is Psiphon?

Can the Use of Psiphon Be Detected?

How Does It Work ?

Psiphon turns any Internet-connected PC into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages for users that connect to it.

It works like this: A user outside a censored country or network downloads and installs the Psiphon program. This administrator running the Psiphon node, or “Psiphonode Administrator,” is responsible for creating and managing user accounts and running the Psiphon server on his PC. He is the one that creates accounts with usernames and passwords that he then distributes to those whose web traffic he wishes to route through his PC.

Users log onto the Psiphonode PC through an encrypted connection, using it as a proxy to gain access to censored sites and material. There is no connection between the psiphonite and the requested website, as psiphon transparently proxies the request through the psiphonode’s computer allowing the psiphonite to browse blocked websites seamlessly.

Each Psiphonode is completely decentralized and independent of all others, so that even if your IP address, i.e. your Psiphonode address, is blocked, simply install Psiphon on another PC with a different IP address to continue using.

What’s nice too is that it requires NO SOFTWARE INSTALLATION on the part of the “Psiphonites,” or Psiphon users. They simply connect to a unique web address that is a composition of the Psiphonode’s IP address, connection port, and Psiphonode name.

The best method is to set it up and run on your home PC for personal use while at work or school.

**NOTE: REQUIRES NO SOFTWARE INSTALLATION ON PC YOU WISH TO BROWSE WEB WITH**

How Do I Set It Up?

1. Begin by downloading and installing Psiphon.

2. Open and select the “Setup” tab as shown below.

3. “Update” your external IP address.

4. “Test” to make sure that port #443, which it is set to run on by default is available.

**NOTE: You can change the port number in the settings menu if you so desire.**

NOTE: You can choose to change the port it uses for whatever reason. Also, if your PC’s connects to the Internet via a router you need to “forward the port” selected here.

5. Next choose a name for your Psiphonode.

6. Finish the setup by selecting “OK.”

7. It’s then time to create user accounts, which we will do so by selecting the “Add” tab.

8. Start by creating a username and password. The remaining options are for your own informational purposes only and are not required to create a user account.

9. Lastly, select “Start” to begin running the program.

How Do I Connect as a User?

1. To connect as a user, or “Psiphonite,” start by typing the Internet address that the Psiphonode Administrator sends to you.

It will be as follows:

http://(IP address):(port)/(node name)
EX: http://78.125.52.425:443/NEWPORT

The Psiphonode Administrator will see the following after you successfully connect.

2. Type your username and password in the login boxes provided and then click “Submit.”

You should then be connected and able to navigate to pages and sites of your choice.

Here’s a few examples:

You can even bookmark pages if you so desire using the “Add Bookmark” button as shown below.

How Anonymous is Psiphon?

The traffic between the Psiphon Administrator and the the user is completely encrypted however, the Administrator can view the logs of the user’s web traffic. So don’t use it to check out anything you don’t want the the Administrator to see, i.e. porn and what not.

Can the Use of Psiphon Be Detected?

Unless the attacker has the private psiphon URL it cannot be easily determined that psiphon is being used.

From the site:

From a technical perspective traffic between the psiphonode and the psiphonite is identical to normal HTTPS (encrypted) traffic. Although many sites only use HTTPS during the login process many sites, such as email providers and banking services, use HTTPS for extended periods of time, as does psiphon. The differences are that psiphon uses self-signed certificates and connections to home computers, rather than signed certificates and domain names.

NOTE: There’s also a great slideshow available that will help better visualize how Psiphon works and what it’s capable of.
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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
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pratikhaya

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notbob
notbob

it won't do you any good if your admin didn't give you installation permission (like most school computers/library/etc)here's an idea--waste time on facebook/youtube/myspace at home instead of trying to acess them where you aren't supposed to (and wasting tor resources meant for legitimate uses)

HelenaP
HelenaP

That's sort of what I was thinking too notbob.Regarding your idea; Sometimes eight o'clock in the morning is just too damn early for math...

j33ry
j33ry

sigh.. did you guys even read the post?the software is installed on your own pc.. not at the school.. all that's needed at the school is a web browser.I've just tried it it works fine =)

soulxtc
soulxtc

@j33ry THX ....... :)

HelenaP
HelenaP

*sigh*Yes I did read the post.

notbob
notbob

regardless of installation it's still a)a waste of tor and b)a waste of school/library resources (using computers to waste time at school when you should be doing your homework)

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Notbo No it doesn't use Tor your using another PC as a proxy serverconnecting to the IP address of the PC that Psiphon's installed on.And what's to say that some schools dont filter the Internet for sites deemed "provocative controversial or offensive?"

notbob
notbob

why shouldn't they? school bandwidth is paid for through taxes. should students be wasting it on porno or myspace or whatever? hell no! should people trying to do legitimate research get slower network speeds because some jackass is watching useless youtube videos? hell no!so if i were an admin i'd see a gigantic amount of traffic on port 443. i'd see that most of it goes to one place (the node presumably in a student's house) i'd watch the times and physical addresses (internal network) that the 443 requests are coming from. then it's bustin' time. once a few kids do this it'll be all over as they can't keep their mouths shut about this sort of thing. find the weakest link and he or she will collapse and rat everyone else out. find the proxy and make an example out of him. loss of computer use for a year or somethingsure this will work if your admin is inept but if they have half a brain it will be a short lived party

notbob
notbob

if it was tor it would be a lot better basically impossible to stop

DrewWilson
DrewWilson

Good ol' Santa now he can surf every website without these restrictions while flying his sleigh. :)

soulxtc
soulxtc

@notbob Actually u can choose the port it doesn't have to be 443. I chose it as an example..... :)And no not all school bandwidth is paid through taxes since there are a large number of overpriced PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS who charge students exorbitant fees for the "privilege" of attendance.Also is NORMAL WEB BROWSING really going to slow down the network of an educational institution? I hope not if it does I'd consider transferring to a real school.And why rat everyone out? You set it up at off campus and share with a few friends. I doubt web traffic for a handful of cats on occasion will anger the network admin so overly preoccupied with P2P traffic thx to the RIAA these days.

mercury049
mercury049

@notbobDude..you're a moron. Your first post made it clear that react PRIOR to reading. There's no CLIENT INSTALL NEEDED...your second post is EQUALLY as mornic..yeah you may shut off port 443 but it can be switched to Port 444 or ANY other port they want. Seriously stop posting until you learn how to COMPREHEND what you read.And for the record I don't want kids surfin' porn and hate crime sites at school either but seeing as how they had filters in place for the internet even when I was in H.S. I know for a fact that filter a LOT more than that. They try to close out anything that some right wing turd like you doesn't think they need to know about. Facist.

gemboy
gemboy

what some of you seem to have missed is that this program is not only meant for schools but also for places like work.i used it from my home pc and coneceted to it with my work pc.works well.nice to have ebay back.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Gemboy THX...exactly.Its all about having OPTIONS in life.

failedtwice
failedtwice

@notbobWasting school bandwidth? Funny. I think my high school has like 3Mb/s for all of it's 300 computers.

burnik
burnik

it doesnt work at uae

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Dan
Dan

To those complaining about wasting bandwidth/time in school/at work with social networking sites -- Those are not always the sites that people want to access. My school blocks a lot of useful content, too. For example, when searching for a solution to a software design problem, help forums and tutorial videos can be very useful; however many of these are blocked by the school under the general category of "forum" or because the videos are part of youtube. Bypassing blocked websites in this manner is not only used unproductively.

Alexandra
Alexandra

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PENGA
PENGA

Sadly this wouldn't help for people with dynamic IP addresses... :( You have to have a static assigned IP address...

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masum
masum

whats the point of going to youtube and other websites if you can't watch videos? The flash is disabled. I mean this is a good tool, but is there any way of watching the videos?

JD
JD

cmd tracert www.myspace.com then use the ip that is given and u will access the myspace page?



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