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Intra is a New Security App Used to Stop Government Regimes from Censoring the Internet and Manipulating Traffic

When Jigsaw tested this privacy app with a few dozen political activists in Venezuela, the company wanted to keep the trial small.

Within weeks, thousands of people around the world were using Intra, a security app used to stop government regimes from censoring the internet and manipulating traffic.

On Wednesday, Jigsaw, a tech incubator owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet, announced it has released this app to the world.

Intra creates an encrypted connection between your phone and DNS servers, which makes it much harder for governments and hackers to intercept that traffic. This encrypted connection to DNS servers will be included in an upcoming version of Android Pie, meaning that all future Android users will have this technology available at no extra charge.

Intra also is available now for current and recent versions of Android, free of charge, on the Google Play Store for Android smartphones. The app should be compatible with 99 percent of the existing Android phones. It has been tested with Android phones manufactured in 2011 and later.

You can read the details in an article by Alfred Ng in the C|Net web site at:

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

2 replies

  1. And again, a very informative article, thank you for it! 🙂

    I really like the thought of an encrypted connection to DNS servers, but obviously there is an exorbitant privacy breach when routing all your traffic through Google DNS servers (like it is the default case when using Intra).

    On ProtonVPN it reads:
    ‘ProtonVPN doesn’t just protect your browsing traffic, we also protect your DNS queries. By routing your DNS queries through the encrypted tunnel and not relying on third party DNS providers, we ensure that your browsing activity cannot be exposed by leaks from DNS queries.’

    I don’t know if I get it right, but the connection should be safe too, or am I wrong?


    • Don’t know much about Intra but Proton is a good choice for privacy-centric netizens. I have been using VPN services like since 6 years now and have used almost all the famous VPN providers service but leaving your privacy completely over the VPN is a foolish step. A VPN can encrypt the data but it wouldn’t stop you from turning on your phone’s location or not allowing you to update your every activity on social media. You gotta do it on your own. Using a secure VPN is a good choice, no doubt about that but you should be careful from your side too. Just dropping a worthy read on why VPN is essential for security. It may help you.


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