Psiphon is one of the most important tools that anyone worried about digital safety and censorship could have. With it, you can securely browse the Internet through public wifi networks and access content that is banned by your government, company, or university — and here’s how to get Psiphon on your Windows PC.
How to Download Psiphon for PC
Step 1: Get the direct download of Psiphon 3 for Windows here.
If you cannot view the website itself due to geo-restrictions or censorship issues, you can ask for the downloads to be sent to your email. Send them a message over at [email protected].
Step 2: Check the authenticity of your downloaded .exe file.
The Windows version of the app will never be provided as an installable package. Instead, every individual download is a distinct .exe file with a digital signature from Psiphon Inc. Running the executable file will allow your Windows OS to automatically verify the signature.
However, it’s better to check the signature before you run the .exe file. You can do this by right-clicking the file and selecting “Properties.” Go to the “Digital Signatures” tab and click on “Details.” From there, click “View Certificate” and go to the “Details” tab.
Finally, go to “Thumbprint” and look at the value. Check their validity here.
Step 3: Right-click the .exe and select “Run as administrator.”
Step 4: Wait for it to run and attempt to connect.
At this point, you will see a spinning icon. This means that it is looking for a secure connection.
Step 5: Select a tunnel mode.
You can choose a VPN, an SSH, or an SSH+. There are differences among them but they will all tunnel your internet traffic through Psiphon.
It will tell you if the connection attempt was successful. And if you want to disconnect, you can just close the program or click the icon.
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
Storage Space: About 5MB free storage space
Internet Connection: Any speed as long as it is stable to avoid unwanted disconnections
4 Alternatives to Psiphon on PC
This app goes beyond being just another VPN. Apart from encrypting your browsing activities, Windscribe also blocks ads and prevents companies from tracking your online habits. It allows you to access content unavailable to more than 50 countries. Services are free but there are paid plans as well.
There are many VPN service available, but OpenVPN comes from an open-source coding project. This allows you to develop your own unique security solution using the code. Furthermore, OpenVPN provides services that protect not only your online identity but also data centers and IoT systems.
3) Tor Browser
This internet browser is designed to protect your identity using a volunteer-run network of relays. Apart from preventing third-party entities know which sites you go to, Tor Browser also masks your real location and lets you visit geo-blocked websites. It’s completely free and requires just 80MB of space.
This is a VPN service from Germany that has more than 46 million users around the world. It offers a free trial period and a 30-day money-back guarantee. ZenMate has servers in more than 30 countries such as France and Latvia to ensure that you get a server with the best connection and access to content.
1) How do I delete Psiphon for Windows?
You won’t find it on the “Add or Remove Programs” list because you didn’t technically install Psiphon on your computer in the first place. It’s a .exe file that automatically runs with no need for an installation process. Thus, all you have to do to get rid of Psiphon is to delete the file.
2) How can I know the version of Psiphon I’m using?
Simply run the executable file and check the log output. The first line there will indicate the version of the Psiphon client you’re using.
3) Why is my Psiphon always failing to connect?
Experiencing a series of “connection failed” alerts mean that the client was unable to find an available server. In this case, you can get a new client by downloading Psiphon again on their website.