This section addresses the most frequently asked questions about WEPN server concept, Outline client, and how to use it.
Outline app works by allowing users to route their internet traffic through their host’s WEPN gateway / home server which is often in another country. This permits them to experience the internet in the country where the WEPN home server is located.
In countries implementing internet censorship, often once commercial VPN services get overly popular, their IP addresses get noticed and eventually get blocked. The VPN service provided by WEPN providers are much more stealthy and harder to block since they are only shared with you and handful of other people. Because WEPN servers are intended for use by small group of individuals, users connecting to these servers are less likely to experience slowdowns during peak hours. Plus, there’s no monthly subscription fee with WEPN.
Outline helps keep your communications private by encrypting them until they reach the host’s WEPN home server. By encrypting your information in-transit, network onlookers on it can’t decrypt and see what websites you are visiting or what information is being transferred. Please note that you are implicitly trusting your WEPN provider. With some technical effort, they can in theory monitor your traffic. Please ensure you trust your WEPN provider before using their connection.
You can also download the Outline Apps directly from the app stores and GitHub: Windows, Android, or Chrome OS on the Google Play Store iOS, macOS.
When a WEPN home server is purchased and setup, the server owner can invite people to use it by sharing a unique URL via email. With this unique URL, invited users can obtain the appropriate Outline clients and credentials depending on their platform of choice, and connect to the WEPN server.
Outline is open source software developed by Jigsaw, an Alphabet Inc subsidiary company. You can check out and contribute to the Outline code on GitHub. Outline uses Shadowsocks, a secure open-source protocol that is trusted by millions of users to access the free and open web. In November 2017, Outline was audited by Radically Open Security, a non-profit cybersecurity firm in the Netherlands. You can read their public report here.