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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Blog, Stay Tuned for Updates!

Hello, uProxy World!

I’m Josh, and I joined the uProxy team to help grow uProxy’s user and developer communities. I’m excited to be writing to you from our new blog, and am looking forward to working with you in the coming months to make sure uProxy is meeting your needs as well as possible as we continue to build it.

Looking at the download stats over the past year, uProxy has been downloaded in 92 countries and counting. We’re delighted to see so much interest from users around the world, and are eager for uProxy to help more and more people experience the Internet as it was meant to be.

But as many of you have noticed, there’s one major caveat:

For best results, you currently need access to Gmail or Facebook, which are accessible everywhere except China. We are committed to making sure that uProxy works well everywhere in the world.

To be precise, currently uProxy can help you if:

  1. You are comfortable using software in the following languages: English, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
  2. You want to use uProxy to connect to a friend because:
    1. Your internet connection can’t access certain sites, but your friend’s connection can.
    2. Vice versa: Your friend can’t access sites that you can, and you want to share your access with them.
  3. Either:
    1. Both of you can connect within uProxy using the same service (e.g. Gmail or Facebook), and accept one another’s invites. Accepting an invite allows you and your friend to appear in each other’s contact lists, so that you can subsequently ask for permission to share their connection, or offer them access to share yours, whenever you’re both online running uProxy at the same time.
    2. Or, you both have some other way of exchanging uProxy links (e.g. by copy/pasting into a shared doc) each time you’d like to make a direct connection.
  4. Both you and your friend can install Chrome or Firefox on your computers and keep it up to date, and you can both install the uProxy extension from official sources: the Chrome Web Store, the Firefox Add-Ons site, or directly from uproxy.org.

For many users, we’ve been thrilled to hear that the latest version of uProxy is fast, reliable, and user-friendly. But for other users, we know these requirements cause significant friction. More generally, uProxy only recently graduated from alpha to beta status, and therefore is still better suited to users with more experience using beta software. The team is hard at work on a number of improvements, and I can’t wait to share them with you soon.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback you’d like to share, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, in our forum, on our Facebook page, or in an email directly to me.

Thanks for following along. We’re looking forward to big things ahead.

P.S. If you use Slack or IRC, please feel free to join our Slack community or IRC channel. I’ve been hanging out there to welcome newcomers, and am looking forward to meeting you!

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