The protests in Cuba During the last days they brought with them a significant internet censorship by the government of the Central American country. A measure that many users dodged (estimated to be about 20%) thanks to Psiphon, an app that allows you to circumvent government limitations in a few simple steps.
Technologies VPN, SSH and HTTP proxy, like Psiphon, are characterized by virtually transferring users of computers and Android or iOS devices to other countries to access a content or information type which a priori cannot be reached in a conventional way.
In the case of Cubans, thanks to this program they can “fool” the government saying that they are connecting from anywhere in the world and being able to access the information that is vetoed from them.
Being able to avoid censorship is not the only application of this program. Thanks to VPN technology, it also improves the security of those users who connect to a public Wi-Fi network. But not only that, but it also allows us to have access to offers from different countries and that we can benefit from them.
The Psiphon VPN reached 150 million downloads.
Flights or subscriptions to streaming platforms are some of the services that users get the most out of. By being able to “travel” virtually to other countries and to be able to hide our IPWe can see, for example, that buying a flight Barcelona – Budapest is cheaper when connected from Brazil than from Spain. A technique that can also be applied with hotel reservations.
The app is used by 20% of Cubans. Photo: EFE
Something similar happens with hiring Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video or the different streaming content platforms. There are countries like Russia or Turkey where the subscription is cheaper than in other markets and can be accessed thanks to Psiphon.
In addition, it will also be possible to watch television in other countries and access specific offers that other countries have when buying video games or clothes.
What is a VPN network
A virtual private network (VPN) (in English, Virtual Private Network, VPN) is a computer network technology that allows a secure extension of the local area network (LAN) over a public or uncontrolled network such as the Internet.
Among its virtues was that the network send and receive data over networks shared or public as if it were a private network, with all the functionality, security and management policies of a private network.
This is done by establishing a point-to-point virtual connection by using dedicated connections, encryption, or a combination of both.
Common examples are the possibility of connecting two or more branches of a company using the Internet as a link, allowing members of the technical support team to connect from home to the computer center, or allowing a user to access their home computer from a remote site, such as a hotel.
In short, the VPN connection over the Internet is technically a junction wide area network (WAN) between sites, but it seems to the user as if it were a private link: hence the designation virtual private network.