TorGuard has apps that run on all the major mobile and desktop platforms (iOs, Mac, Windows, Android) and also allows a whopping , which is great if you want to share your subscription with your family or friend. It also also good if you have a lot of devices (Xbox, media center, tablet, phone, PC, notebook etc)
Thismega-review examines the best VPN apps for China –expat tested inside China. If you are too lazy to read the entire post, here areour on a comparison table withtheir most important features.
That being said, if all you care about is surfing the web on your computer, then Astrill might still be a . The OpenWeb mode in the Astrill App is actually quite fast! But if you use any other web related apps on your computer (torrents, twitter, insta etc) these will not be supported by Astrill’s OpenWeb.
Torguard is definitely worth checking out. They also have a Socks5 proxy that I am in the process of testing here in China. Their innovative VPN-Proxy technology is certainly great progress in the fight against internet censorship, and I look forward to further updates to their app in the future.
PandaPow is a decent VPN service based in Hong Kong with a focus on helping users in China break past the firewall. They offer a “classic” VPN software service for desktop and mobile but also a VPN enabled wifi router, which is perfect for families or people with a large number of connected devices. The PandaPow wifi router also comes with 3 months of the VPN service for free!
It is highly advantageous to have a VPN service that to close down connections to them. Sometimes a certain protocol will be targeted and can result in slow speeds or the inability to connect to your VPN. If your VPN supports multiple VPN protocols, then you can just simply switch to re-connect to the web.
For longer term use, Tunnelbear might be okay if all you do is email and light messaging on your phone. But if you plan on any real web usage (streaming, Youtube, Netflix, web browsing, audio) then you should really consider paying for a premium VPN service. Free VPNs are free for a reason — they generally are not very good! They can also be dangerous if you can’t trust your VPN service provider. You get what you pay for!
The Astrill iPhone app has been updated alongside iOS and I find the new app to be much more stable and rarely disconnects. However, when switching from wifi to 4G (and vice versa) you will usually need to turn the VPN on and off.
Reddit is an anonymous forum posting website and often hosts content or links to content that Chinese censors would find objectionable (political, pornography). However, Reddit curiously remained accessible in China when other websites such as Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook were blocked.
Most VPNs have servers all over the world. Having a server closer to your location will ensure connections. Look for a service that will have a server located in a country close by– such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, or the West Coast of the United States. Having a VPN with multiple servers and IPs is also important in case the Great Firewall blocks one of the VPN IP addresses.
Is the VPN compatible with Windows? Mac OS? Linux? iOs? Android? What about your tablet? You should make sure you can connect all your devices to your VPN before you buy, otherwise this can cause a huge headache.Some VPN services have free trials, which is a great way to test if all your devices can connect before you buy.
However to maintain your privacy and security while using a VPN, you need to make sure your VPN provider is trustworthy and maintains , only to be unable to find any useful information due to the fact no logs were kept on the server. ExpressVPN really does protect user privacy.