Freegate is an anti-censorship software that lets you access websites that are blocked from countries like China, Cuba and and Iran. The software uses Dynaweb, which, similar to the popular Vidalia software Tor, uses a P2P-like proxy system network.
Freegate was first developed for use in China by Dynamic Internet Technologies Inc, one of the first organizations to create anti-censorship software.
Two modes of use
Freegate has two secure and encrypted tunnels which are used to get through the internet blockade set up in censored countries.
You can choose to run Freegate in either Proxy Mode, or Classic Mode. Proxy Mode automatically adjusts Internet Explorer's proxy settings so that you can access any blocked website by simply typing it into the address bar. If you're using a different web browser, you'll have to manually change the browser's proxy.
You can avoid changing your proxy settings by using Classic Mode, in which you can access web pages by launching the Dynaweb homepage in your browser, although some site content may not display properly.
Quick connections and loads of information
Freegate does not require installation. Once downloaded and launched, you can change the settings of Freegate to access some, or all, web addresses using the Freegate Proxy. If you choose to access websites directly through the Freegate proxy, you'll have to change your proxy settings (in most cases, they will automatically change for you, depending on which browser you use); if not, Dynaweb will automatically launch in Internet Explorer so that you can access blocked sites. The Dynaweb interface isn't particularly nice to look at, but it does the trick.
There are four tabs that will give you information about your connection, including Server, Status, Tunnel and Settings. The Server tab tells you which server you are using, as well at its connection speed; the Status tab will tell you which tunnel you are using and gives you the proxy settings, as well as the option to turn the software off; the Tunnel setting lets you choose which tunnel and mode (Proxy or Classic) you are using; while Settings lets you change things like deleting Browsing history and other program settings.
If you're new to this type of software, it might be confusing to wrap your head around some of the terminology, but its ease of use and default settings on launch make it relatively straightforwad to start browsing.
Your access to censored content
If you're in a region that has censorship restrictions, like China, Freegate is a good software to get around these restrictions and access blocked websites like Facebook and YouTube.
- Pros +
- No installation required
- Two different operating modes
- Quick set up and use
- Cons -
- May not unblock some websites
- Can experience slow connection speeds
- English, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad
- File size:
- 1.8 MB
- Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Network security > VPNs