We had to review upstream apps to make sure they were truly privacy-preserving and check that all components were freely licensed so they could be shared and modified. We also needed to streamline the login process so that our apps are easy for an everyday user to pick up and use, without having to understand complex privacy protocols.
David Seaward is one of the developers of the Librem Tunnel. He is currently serving as the Director of Trustworthy Services at Purism, where he leads the development of a suite of cross-platform privacy services. https://stackoverflow.com/story/d3vid
The F-Droid client makes browsing and installing free software convenient. And of course, we have high regard for our upstreams, Tusky, Riot.im and OpenVPN for Android.
We have been working on the app for a handful of months but this has been a priority project and concept we strategized and worked on for years.
When we developed Librem Tunnel, we wanted to make it easy for users to protect their web traffic if they’re using a wifi access point they don't or shouldn't trust such as the free wifi at an airport or coffee shop. Librem Tunnel offers an encrypted, no-logging, virtual private network tunnel, making sure users’ network traffic is secure and privacy fully protected. This means our users can safely and conveniently use any public hotspot and not have to worry about a private connection. We use standards-based OpenVPN with any compatible client. With the Librem Tunnel, users can be assured that they are not be tracked, and we do not sell user data, and we don’t advertise. https://puri.sm/posts/introducing-the-librem-tunnel/
This app is part of a larger bundle, which revolves around creating convenient tools that protect people's privacy. Librem Tunnel offers the convenience of using the same account login details like email, chat, and social to offer VPN that does not track you.
Our future plans include the ability to easily select the country you'd like to have your VPN originate from. We're also keen on WireGuard, an open source VPN protocol that uses an innovative cryptography approach. It has a lot of potential but we want to wait until it's proven.
Librem Tunnel is one part of an overall movement around digital civil rights and privacy. At Purism, we’re proud to help users avoid the lack of privacy and corporate surveillance that big tech thrusts on them. With tools like Librem Tunnel, users can enjoy the Internet with the peace of mind that their personal data is 100% controlled by them.
About App: Librem Tunnel is a dream privacy app that allows you to: * Protect your privacy with a secure connection to a VPN tunnel * Optimized for Librem One services: https://librem.one * Encrypt your network traffic * Hide your IP address * High speeds, unlimited bandwidth, up to 5 devices * Surf freely from any location in the world * No traffic logs * Free and open source software: https://source.puri.sm/liberty/tunnel/android * Fork of OpenVPN for Android: https://github.com/schwabe/ics-openvpn
Date: June 11, 2019
Developer: David Seaward
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