Outline by Alphabet

Control and build your own VPN 🛠️

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#5 Product of the WeekMarch 23, 2018

Outline is an open source project created by Jigsaw (Alphabet) to provide a safer way for news organizations and journalists to access the internet.

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 +7 reviews
  • Pros: 

    VPNs are an essential resource


    It‘s from Alphabet (Google)

    Trusting Google with your VPN is akin to buying the lock to your henhouse from the fox. Sorry, not buying this.

    heretiq has never used this product.


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Tim Wang@besttimyouknow · Meteor maker in the making
Like the execution, skeptical of the source. 4/7 thumbs up.
Amrith ShanbhagHunter@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@besttimyouknow You're skeptical of Google?
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · Sports fan + Engineer @ 645 Ventures.
@amrith People use VPNs to hide themselves from companies like Google, so I'm sure there's doubts on whether you are actually protected here.
Amrith ShanbhagHunter@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
@fanahova Fair point, but this is completely open-source and self-hosted so AFAIK, everything's controlled by you.
J. Pablo FernándezPro@pupeno · Founder at Dashman
@besttimyouknow I understand your point. In this case, I think Alphabet's (Google) goal is to allow freedom of speech, which Google is generally for. Google benefits from the world being open (literally, they make more money with democracies than dictatorships) so it is in their best interest to protect journalist in those countries. I wouldn't use it to avoid getting ads though ;)
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · Sports fan + Engineer @ 645 Ventures.
@amrith In the second screenshot it prompts you to choose a server, so it was not clear if the servers were hosted by third parties or if you could set those up yourselves too. It looks like you can though, which is pretty cool!
Troy Osinoff@yo · Angel Investor
No love for Apple :(
John SaddingtonPro@8bit · trying to win the internet.
Any timing on when macOS support releases?
Kun Ran@rankun203 · Developer
People in China need to try this out 😅
Binoy Xavier Joy@binoyxj · Technology Evangelist | Artist 🎨
Grant@grantgamesgames · Co-Founder, God Hates Games
Seems like a good solution if you need the extra control. Running your own server can "start around $5 USD per month", as they say, I paid $5 for fully hosted TunnelBear last year. So definitely not a cost saving measure.
Wojtek WitkowskiPro@pugson · rikko.io
@grantgamesgames Sadly TunnelBear has been acquired by McAfee so you should cancel immediately.
Grant@grantgamesgames · Co-Founder, God Hates Games
@pugson 😱
Muhammad Vaid@movaid7 · Computer Engineer
@grantgamesgames @pugson Wow. That is some horrible news!