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Actually nope. ExpressVPN is based in the United Kingdom and would be classified as a Connections Service Provider that needs to keep Internet Connection Records that are available.
/u/emmytee would need to use a paid vpn service that is not based in Britain.
Eww, you forgot to brush your teeth with quip and wipe your butt with the DollarShaveClub buttwipes.
Also, make sure to protect your internet browsing with ExpressVPN and also buy some BirchGold just in case the economy crashes. But don't worry, even if it does, you can use your MovementWatch to find out exactly when it crashed.
Am in China studying abroad, can confirm. Just let me have YouTube :(
Edit: Lol, I am using a VPN (ExpressVPN). It's just that the internet is so slow that I want to die. Just let me have Youtube in HD :(
Incognito mode in a library is for noobs.
Use Tor AND a VPN (use ExpressVPN and get a refund within 30 days).
Literally no one (unless NSA is really looking for you for some reason) can track you using Tor.
For a burner email use ProtonMail (again no one can track you).
(don't take the noobs part seriously if you get offended XD)
VPN, bud. I’ve used ExpressVPN and NordVPN to watch Canadian Netflix content in the US. The price is worth it if I can watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I find it funny that it’s an American show that isn’t available in America and I’m a Canadian living in the US that has to utilise a loophole to view content available in my home country.
I imagine companies like ExpressVPN and NordVPN are going to be increasing their advertising budgets for the EU in the near future.
If these articles truly end up being enacted as is, I'm letting EU visitors to my sites know that I'll be geo-blocking them in the next few months since that's the only thing I can do to combat a rogue EU-based licensing company from going HAM on me.
> Do I Need A VPN Now?
Yes, yes and yes.
> Will a VPN allow me to avoid getting strikes from my ISP?
> If so, will it affect my speed etc?
Not really as long as you use a decent VPN provider (from $5/month). Latency might be a bit higher but that only affects real time applications like games. Some websites like streaming might even go faster.
> Which VPN is good for Aussie redditors?
That' what you get for using a US based VPN, they have to collect logs, no matter what they say. People need to use VPNs outside the US like NordVPN, ExpressVPN or any other outside the surveillance of US.
I use ExpressVPN. I've never had any problems with it.
It's got an auto-kill switch so that it turns off your internet the instant anything happens that would compromise stability, and has a ton of servers all over the world.
I've been a teacher in China for 3 1/2 years now. It's pretty good times actually, provided your school is on the up and up. A few hot tips:
Get yourself a VPN (I recommend ExpressVPN, but I've heard good things about Nord).
Download Wechat and get that all set up.
Make damn sure your company is providing you with a Z visa. Do NOT accept "It's okay, lots of people come on a tourist visa." for an answer.
If you have any questions feel free to ask. (PM me if it's anything you don't feel like asking in a public forum.)
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So sick of seeing these. I get it, but it's still annoying, especially when you get a very non genuine sounding pitch that runs far longer than necessary.
Depends on the country. Japan seems to have a lot, Germany too.
I use ExpressVPN. They offer a week free trial, iirc. Their support is great at giving out servers with Netflix access. You might not want to go in demanding all of them though. They try to give one or two out at a time. If you get ExVPN, let me know. I’ll PM you some servers.
Edit: I can currently access Japan, France, Germany, Italy, UK, Isle of Man—which is surprisingly different from UK Netflix, Australia sometimes, and Canada.
ExpressVPN was raided by the Turkish government and they didn't keep logs.
That's just one example. Look for a VPN with actual credibility and you'll be safe-ish.
1000% more safe than bell that's for sure.
Ignore them or if they start chasing you down, play dumb.
Tell them that you don't know what happened or what you did.
Things like "what's BitTorrent" and "I don't have any downloading programs, I only use Spotify and YouTube" will probably work.
Next time, use a reliable VPN provider that allows P2P and No Logs. (any major one, NordVPN, PIA, ExpressVPN, etc)
"Hello, ExpressVPN? This is the legal department at Shaw. SHAW. The internet and cable company in Canada. CA-NA-DA. That big state up north. Yeah, anyways, one of our customers up here is using a lot of our bandwidth and it seems they have a port open with encrypted traffic to your servers in LA and even though we have no jurisdiction in the state of California and even though you're not breaking any laws in your country and even though they are your customer and you are bound by a privacy agreement with them, we would really really like if you could ... " >[CLICK]<
Netflix use advanced technologies to ban VPNs on its US network. To combat this you need an advanced and high-end VPN For NETFLIX which can’t be FREE.
Even some paid VPNs are blocked on Netflix, but not all of them are blocked and it is not practically possible for Netflix.
As per the Latest UPDATE-13th March 2017;
Two VPN services which are working on Netflix US and let you access the American Library of Netflix outside the USA are,
The VPN business is full of bad actors. Shills getting paid to "review" vpns, blogs popping up ranking vpns and making ad or affiliate money off people trying to do research. Tons and tons of affiliate spammers and under-handed promotion.
Ask yourself a few questions about that site. Why don't they have *any* info about themselves on the site. No about us page, no info on who runs it. Yet their twitter claims they are a "Team of online anonymity, privacy & security professionals. Here to share cyber security news & tips so you can make the right decisions for your privacy." Who are they, how do they make their money to keep the site running? Why are they pushing ExpressVPN a known spammer as their top pick?
Parce que ExpressVPN est considéré le meilleur service VPN et que ses installations sont en haute mer hors de toute juridiction judiciaire. Et pour NordVPN, c’est le meilleur VPN qualité/prix et qu’ils font de marketing (donc beaucoup de visibilité).
Pro Tip. Use a VPN (highly recommend ExpressVPN - especially if you're interested in US Netflix) to appear in the US. Create a US Amazon account. Buy the digital code version. Worked great for me in Germany.
Apparently ExpressVPN still works but for how long who knows.
At this point you are probably better off renting a Linux VPS host in the USA that uses an IP address range that isn't blocked and just setup an OpenVPN server.
Netflix has already blocked all of Amazon AWS & Azure IP ranges along with the ranges of most Smart DNS/VPN Providers.
Smaller Linux VPS providers will likely be on smaller IP ranges and more difficult to locate/block as these ranges will be part of a larger supernet that could be either residential or commercial.
It should be more difficult for netflix to detect provided you don't start putting 100's of users/connections on it which is how netfix would be currently identifying proxy/vpn traffic.
> K Så jag försökte att titta på några serier & filmer på Netflix Tyskland, och för att kunna göra detta jag testad olike VPN tjänst, som NordVPN, ExpressVPN och PrivateVPN, men dom aldrig funkade
Maybe you would like to post it here too: r/NetflixViaVPN
We’re not sponsored by them!
Quick list of companies that have sponsored off the top of my head:
Probably missing a few, anyone else feel free to chime in if you remember one I’ve missed
I'm on ADSL2+ and use ExpressVPN. About $100 a year.
Normal download speed for me is 1.8MB/s. When connected to the VPN endpoint in sydney I get 1MB/s.
I leave it on all the time now purely because I think the government has no right to invade my privacy to this level.
Tried ExpressVPN for a week and discovered that every server I mapped to on my coast was actually located in New Jersey... When I contacted them about it (I assumed I was misconfiguring something) they told me I needed to use their webpage to locate my IP address, not anyone else's.
Just stay away from VPN's based in the US and you should be good. That includes PIA. Yeah I know they are good but being US based makes it really questionable if they are trustworthy. NordVPN or ExpressVPN are way better.
Off topic comment, but here's a few tips:
1) Firefox supports better privacy than Chrome or Edge/IE
2) uBlock Origin browser add-on blocks adds, scripts connected to ads, and some other tracking mechanisms
3) Disconnect browser add-on should take care of most anything else.
4) If you want to take it a step forward, consider a VPN (Virtual Private Network). I, personally, use ExpressVPN, but research and evaluate the options yourself.
Not a perfect solution, but those will take you 95% of the way for online privacy against trackers and profilers.
I lived in China for the last year. They don't care if westerners use banned sites, they just don't want their own population doing it. Very few Chinese people seem to have a VPN whereas every single expat has one. They have blocked some commercial VPNs but others still work, like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Vypr to my knowledge all worked when I was there. Periodically there are rumors that VPNs will be banned entirely but I don't think the leadership will do it because they know it will hurt foreign businesses who depend on VPNs.
You'll have to turn off WiFi, remove the SIM card, delete data/cache from Google, Google Play Services and the Google Services Framework.
Restart your phone.
Now, turn on WiFi (DO NOT PUT THE SIM ON) and install ExpressVPN. Connect to the Netherlands server and check for updates for a few times.
No. I do it on ExpressVPN and I haven't had the issue. Netflix bans the IP's of Expresses's serves when they find them, but they also change to new locations often, so some nights I may spend half an hour find which Aussie serve has what I want.
I like all of them, but I wish Shapiro would stop advertising ExpressVPN on his show. It's going to come back to haunt him. They're a Chinese VPN company (Chengbao is their real name) and they were previously caught using very weak encryption so the Chinese government were able to view all their user's traffic.
It's only a matter of time before they're exposed for being a Chinese spying company, and Shapiro is going to get fucked for it. I've already sent him an e-mail about it, yet he continues to advertise them. I'm not going to defend him when the time comes.
I use several depending on the constant whack a mole they play here.
Currently Vyprvpn, ExpressVPN, and a shadowsocks server I run myself.
When connected to a router which is running a VPN I don't get the exclamation mark.
> What is Surfshark? Are they working well in China?
I think SurfShark is kinda small compared to others, but served me well though the trip this week. Have found an article on this blog post. And the information there is quite correct actually, but my buddy was using ExpressVPN and had no issues too.
They're not allowed because each country buys their own rights to broadcast. But for future reference, get something like ExpressVPN and connect to Canada. Have been watching with canadian coverage through iPad+Airplay in the US for $13 and it's been awesome.
Either ExpressVPN needs to be removed, or the statement directly before the VPN table which references "no logging policy" needs to be removed. You can't have both. Period.
I like ExpressVPN. A lot of YouTubers offer deals with their channels.
Express has tons of IPs so if one is blocked you can hop to another one. They also have a mobile app that’s lets you get a vpn on your phone.
I've posted in the past about how ExpressVPN were caught using purposefully very weak encryption, which would allow the Chinese government to view all their traffic. Article.
The owner has had telecoms interests in China, and the ExpressVPN HQ (Chengbao Ltd.) is in Hong Kong, although they deny this.
No one in China should be using ExpressVPN...
I call bullshit.
I've tried ExpressVPN, Astrill and a few free ones.
Express always works well on my phone (iPhone), astrill never does anymore (it used to like a year ago).
Astrill works ok on my computer though.
China has been clamping down on VPN's recently, lots of them don't work anymore in China (the exit nodes have been mapped out and blocked) and some that still do work (like ExpressVPN) are extremely slow due to throttling by the govt - almost unusable. For example, it takes a couple minutes to even load . Had to download a 10Mb file, left it overnight, still wasn't done by the morning. If you work with the government, especially in software company, you can sometimes get unfirewalled internet, although it's still heavily monitored, if you ever wander off to some of the prohibited sites ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), you're facing some serious charges.
Get a VPN dude. There are plenty that are able to circumvent the Netflix block and it's so great being able to basically just switch over to US or UK Netflix if our shitty Australian one doesn't have anything good to watch.
I use ExpressVPN which is a little pricey but undeniably worth it.
If you plan to torrent even if it’s fully legal content I’d highly recommend a VPN service. I use it on all my devices including my phone and never turn it off. It has multiple uses but it will hide your activity, at least with one more extra layer.
I’ve been using ExpressVPN for about three years and would recommend them. I believe it’s about $100 a year and have never regretted getting it.
I don't know if this is allowed on this subreddit but ExpressVPN still works. It's not free unfortunately, but for me it's 100% worth it considering it has apps for all the major OS, both PC and mobile ones.
I've never used PrivacyBadger. This is actually the first I've heard of it. I use ublock origin, ExpressVPN, httpsEverywhere, and EditThisCookie with BitDefender and CCleaner right now.
Would PrivacyBadger offer any extra security with my setup?
Not OP, but I used ExpressVPN. Honestly you see it around so much I suspect astroturfing, but regardless it works. I can't say if it works better than the competition since I didn't use them, but at least it does work.
Ran this by a Chinese colleague (software engineer).
She doesn't think this will concern our personal-home-use VPNs like Astrill or ExpressVPN. This announcement mostly concerns small businesses, and people looking to start a VPN business. You can't run your company over an unauthorized VPN (though if you rented an Amazon Web Services / AWS server to act as a dedicated VPN server just for yourself, you should still be fine).
If you're using a Chinese ISP, they are already fully aware of every time you use a VPN (including self-built ones like the AWS example) to access foreign websites. The VPNs work because ISPs just mostly don't care (unless of course you're 'disrupting the harmony').
The most reliable option is as always, a corporate/company/office VPN which has been authorized by the government. I don't know which workplaces offer that, outside of my own (I work for Microsoft).
For a while, I used ExpressVPN to watch US Netflix and Amazon Prime, from both Europe and from Asia.
After a little too many problems, I decided to move on, but not before I had done some solid research.
Long story short, I ended up with StrongVPN, which seems to have been a smart move!
Only wanted to let you know:)
I bought ExpressVPN for the month and my problem was INSTANTLY fixed. This clearly shows the issue is based on the nodes our ISPs are entering from when trying to reach Leasewebs network. Our connection themselves are fine until they try communicating with BDO server. Note I use Comcast as well. Everyone in my guild using Comcast also has the issue and it was fixed using a VPN.
I'm absolutely ticked and obviously it's ridiculous that a VPN is needed to be playing this game right now.
Depends on how much you are willing to pay and how important privacy is to you. You can look up comparisons of different VPN services. I chose NordVPN because it has the best price/performance ratio and it has a strict no-log policy (that means they can't give your data to Interpol / FBI etc.). I think ExpressVPN offers more features but is also more expensive.
There are commercial VPN's that run in China - ExpressVPN and Vyper (I used Express during August in China and it worked with their Hong Kong servers). That's the lowest effort method to be honest.
Otherwise it's actually difficult enough to get proper internet access over there. SSH Tunnel does work but the great firewall does throttle it somewhat. I use one of my company's routers with SSH Tunnel and Tor and that does the trick too. If you're going that route (pun intended!) you'd need to set it up for her before she goes.
Tons of Japanese shows in Netflix doesn't have subs
But if you are fluent in Japanese, use VPN, I recommend ExpressVPN, $12/month
Note that usually free VPNs have very shitty connection which is not suitable for streaming media
Thanks for the suggestions the other day as my VPN(TB) was detected by Hotstar and they restricted my access, I bought ExpressVPN which comes with money back guarantee and confirmed with their CS as he said Hotstar plays fine outside India on their VPN.
Looking forward to the IPL and WC, good times ��
DuckDuckGo, ProtonMail and a good VPN like ExpressVPN to help keep things even more privet is the only way to go. Only thing I use google for now is YouTube, some surches when I just can’t get it on DDG but I always use !g and contacts. I use groups with my contacts and unfortunately google is the only one I’ve found so far that works for what I need.
Just make sure it's a fast VPN because some will reduce your speed quite a lot. I use VYPR VPN personally and really have had a good experience with it. It also has a "Chamelon" mode that lets you watch Netflix or other VPN-blocking services over the VPN, which is pretty rare. I also have used Cactus VPN, Private Internet Access, and ExpressVPN with pretty good success. Just realize that some services do log your traffic and don't expect it to fully cover your tracks.
This needs more visibility, OP if you're Torrenting anything other than Linux ISO's then you really should be using a VPN.
Personally I use PIA, but I see ExpressVPN is also on TorrentFreak's list
This will get you started
I use Windscribe because they have good deals on lifetime subscriptions sometimes. Private Internet Access is a really good VPN. Have used them as well. Some other good choices are NordVPN, TorGuard, ExpressVPN
Sharing my personal experience:
Let me know if you have any more questions.
You could signup for ExpressVPN, they have a 30 day money-back guarantee so you could just request a refund after the first day or two.
I'm gonna use that one for this but am not to worried about the money-back, have been meaning to start using a VPN for some time anyway :)
ExpressVPN. Super simple to use (literally anyone could work it out). Has Australian servers along with a fairly extensive list of other countries as well.
this site is very useful as well when choosing and understanding why you would want a VPN.
ExpressVPN is based in China and there are rumors going around that “On 14 January 2016, ExpressVPN was criticized by former Google information security engineer Marc Bevand for using weak encryption. Bevand had discovered that only a 1024-bit RSA key was used to encrypt the service's connections after using it to test the strength of the Great Firewall of China. Bevand described ExpressVPN as "one of the top three commercial VPN providers in China" and asserted that the Chinese government would be able to factor the RSA keys to potentially spy on users. On January 25, ExpressVPN announced that it would soon roll out an upgraded CA certificate. On February 15, Bevand wrote in an update that ExpressVPN had reported to him that they had now switched to 4096-bit RSA keys.” was because the chinese government forced them to implement a backdoor.
So i think it works in China, but if your data is save, who knows?
If it's on your own wifi and you're still blocked it's either system-sided website blocking or your Chromebook is always tunneling through to your school network.
There's one way you can find out which. You can use a VPN with l2tp. I have a subscription with ExpressVPN that has everything set up nicely if you'd like to use my VPN.
If the VPN works to get passed the block then it's probably tunneling through to the school's network, if it doesn't work then it's system sided and idk what to do there because I'm not too keen on Chromebooks (although I could research this and figure this and help you figure this out)
They block the sites where you can download vpn clients. I use ExpressVPN myself and they are constantly registering domains and hopping IPs to make their client downloadable in China. Luckily once you have it you can turn it on to then download an update, but if you don't have it yet, can be a challenge. Many times I've had to download the client for friends installing a vpn for the first time.
I use NordVPN because it works well but also has decent privacy and data policies that are meant to protect users.
The client app is actually useful in that you can select different VPN modes for different purposes, such as obfuscated servers, onion networks, or media sharing. The interface also allows you to select which country you’re connected to. I use that to watch several US-only YouTube channels.
I’ve used ExpressVPN before, and it’s supposed to be a bit faster. Unfortunately, the reason I got it—because I was travelling to China—is what influenced me to quit it: it was incredibly slow when it was able to connect, but that occurred maybe 2 out of 10 attempts.
Lastly, depending on how much privacy you want, it’s impossible to ignore the location of where a VPN service is based and under whose jurisdiction they fall.
ExpressVPN is decent, but a lot of times I get the ‘you are using a proxy’ error when I try to use it for Netflix.
When it works, the streaming speed is indeed very good. Also very helpful if sites like TPB are blocked in your country.
After years of intermittent performance with ExpressVPN and Lantern, I finally rented a Unix web server in Hong Kong, set up SSR it and use the ShadowsocksR windows client to connect in a direct proxy. The server runs on port 443, of course.
It's been absolutely magical until now.
Does this news mean I'm SOL?
Alright. I mean, it’s just tape and glue-related products, not like Jon sold out to Microsoft and spent the whole video praising them or something, but if Jon being paid by the people he’s making fun of is a problem for you, that’s okay. Seems ExpressVPN is the new and sponsoring every single Youtuber out there now anyway, so we probably won’t hear about Flex Tape for a while.
Why not just be the cool dad and get him a subscription to ExpressVPN or something?
Almost everything has SSL/TLS now, and when that relationship breaks most apps use SSL Pinning so that if it isn't their SSL cert, to not connect to the server.
Snapchat also "encrypts" all messages, pictures and videos.
You don't need to shut down all VPNs, just non business ones. When people say they'll block VPNs they mean the ones normal people use. If they block PIA, Nord, ExpressVPN, and all the other main ones then that'll cover almost all normal VPN users.
My girlfriend is in the USA. While I was there I had a SiriusXM free trial and really liked them.
When I got back to the UK I fired up ExpressVPN and found it still worked. I was all set to subscribe until I saw the "you must call 1-844-.... to cancel". Oh, well, screw that.
Reading this comment I'm even more glad I didn't subscribe.
Some helpful software.
Firefox: DuckDuckGo (!g); and Onion browser
Addons: Ublock Origin, NoScript, Disconnect, and self destructing cookies
Please obtain a VPN! We need to starve the corporations lobbying against our privacy.
Remove yourself from social media like Twitter and Facebook.
My referral for ExpressVPN which is a worthwhile investment: link
Mega's limit bases itself on your personal IP address. If you use something like ExpressVPN or something to change it every time you reach your limit, it's basically the same as having an unlimited download plan.
Can confirm using a VPN set to the Philippines to activate it works. (Used ExpressVPN free trial)
Edit: Am now able to enable it without a VPN now, seems it is getting rolled out to everyone.
"I think I should apply for ExpressVPN again anyway, just in case, following my gut feeling."
Not to be rude or anything, but you've clearly given this some thought and come to the correct conclusion. So,, what do you need us for?
Just installing OpenVPN wouldn't do the trick.. Netflix have their methods of detecting VPN traffic and they're quite successful at that. This is why there is currently only a handful of VPNs that can unblock Netflix. If you are looking for a good VPN that can unblock Netflix and maintain decent speed, I recommend Cyberghost or ExpressVPN, buy Cyberghost is much cheaper.
If you're interested, I've written a comprehensive guide on VPNs for Netflix with explanations and recommendations on my VPN blog, which I'm sure will answer most of your questions.
I am in the US. I used ExpressVPN and the UFC app on my AppleTV 4.
I made ExpressVPN make it look like I was in Europe. I bought the fight for 36$ USD with PayPal on the UFC app.
I had zero issues all night. So I wouldn't place blame on Neulion.
ExpressVPN is good, a little more expensive than some similar ones, but not by much.
Setup on the ASUS router is good, though you'll be limited to about 8-15mbps, depending on the model. Running your work VPN inside the router VPN should work fine, with just a little increase to ping times.
Also, check out the Merlin firmware for your ASUS.
I suggest ExpressVPN, it's a paid service but I've used it for two years without fail. One account provides both computer and mobile services.
I didn't start using a VPN until they blocked google, after they did doing anything on the internet was incredibly frustrating. It's not only that a lot of sites are blocked, it's significantly slower connecting to non-chinese sites too. At first I thought it was because the domain was foreign but turns out it becomes a non-issue when using a vpn.
Working as intended.
Chromecast and the device you use for streaming needs to talk to each other through same local network (your wifi). Using a VPN means they can't talk to each other, because the VPN connection is isolated from the rest of the network.
iirc only way to use Chromecast with a VPN is to install VPN on your router or use a virtual router. Looks like ExpressVPN has instructions for the latter and specifically Chromecast in mind.
So I have an ExpressVPN subsctiption which I love, but it has 3 devices limitation and I have multiple vms that I want to connect to it, mainly for torrenting purposes. Is it possible to setup something like the shitty diagram I drew? I tried to do it but I couldn't route it properly so torrent clients simply wouldn't connect to anything. Do anybody know if this is possible? If so, could you guide me to a right direction? FYI, I use proxmox containers to do it but I am willing to setup a vm for this.
If you got this update could you please state your country.
I'm in England and have not got it yet.
EDIT: If you want to update, get ExpressVPN and get a week trial by supplying your email. Set to either Germany or Canada(depending on which is the closest) and you should receive the update then.
Like someone mentioned - if they targeted you for whatever reason and already had info on you, then yes. That said, if you want to be as safe as possible when doing stuff online, check these steps:
- get a VPN that doesn't keep logs and isn't based in the 14 eyes (VPNs like NordVPN, Proxysh, ExpressVPN are a good choice)
- set up a kill switch (the VPN turns off your Internet if it randomly disconnects)
- get browser extensions that will secure you
I recently read this article about cybersecurity, might help you out to stay private on the Internet -
ExpressVPN is probably one of the better options if you're traveling to certain countries and in china not much else works. I like the sound of protonVPN but I couldn't get it working in China. Only NordVPN and Witopia worked out of the major providers but not very smoothly. It's very possible that the nsa has developed or back-doored one of the major vpns with tracking but it will be tough to find out. If only the chinese government made a vpn I'd use that. Who gives a fuck if they see what I'm typing or where I've been.
Have you actually tested NordVPN from within China?
I was a high school student following an American curriculum in China. A VPN was absolutely necessary as I couldn’t even access the New York Times. I used ExpressVPN which was the most popular choice for expats, but even that went down during global summits and on the off occasion. It was unbearable when it coincided with assignment due dates, but even for recreation the speed was torturous.
I still have Express VPN, though. I use it at my on-campus accommodation because university WiFi blocks porn and torrent sites. The very same VPN using the very same protocols connecting to the very same IPs is significantly faster than it was back in China. I don’t believe it’s the quality of the VPN that is at fault, rather the sheer terror that is the Chinese Firewall. Funnily enough I never needed a VPN to torrent in China.
Edited for words and stuff
Each VPN would have their own quirks or use cases. I use ExpressVPN and can say it's very good. An example of different use cases is:
However in a Windows environment there does not seem to be a way to automate/script the VPN to auto start and join. However if you install it on a Linux machine, you can control the application via command-line/scripts.
So if you wanted to setup an automated torrent downloader (Seedbox) that doesn't have to be touched if it gets restarted or turned off you would need to use Linux. If you aren't familiar with Linux or can't use it in your setup, then you might want to look at a different VPN provider instead.
I've been having a lot of trouble with ExpressVPN as well. Their servers are slow, except for HK3 in the morning (don't even bother in the evening). One of the Taiwan servers sometimes works with reasonable speeds, but you're still not going to watch YouTube videos comfortably. I asked them about it and they only said "change the protocol" but we all know that TCP is even slower.
I switched to ExpressVPN to get around having to use the shitstorm that is Astrill but it seems that no VPN is willing to invest in their infrastructure when their customer base grows.
I assume that you are setting up a manual L2TP/IPSec connection using the CLI of your router? It would be much easier to use a normal router with a web interface. You won't get anywhere near 1Gbps over a VPN on your router anyway. I would just plug another router into your ubiquiti edgerouter-x as a subnetwork and run the VPN on that router. ExpressVPN has a dedicated firmware (aka "router app") for Linksys WRT1200AC and WRT1900AC series routers. You can easily change servers from the web interface. If you want the best performance, I recommend the WRT1900ACS with 1.6Ghz dual core CPU. I can get up to 70Mbps with OpenVPN (Expresss and others) with this router. If you want something cheaper then anything that can flash dd-wrt, Tomato, or OpenWRT will work. The higher the CPU, the better.
EDIT - Another option is to use your computer as a virtual VPN router and share the VPN connection with your whole network that way.
Warning PIA has terrible speeds in the UK in my experience, but a great advertising budget.
I'd recommend if you've any suspicions about your speed as it reviews as the fastest on most review sites.
Good site if you're looking for a VPN with other good qualities:
Literally reading this during my trip in China right now. A prepaid SIM bought outside China also works really well if you won’t use a lot of data and will only bring your phone as you get fast & unrestricted internet access. But I also got ExpressVPN just to be safer.
I love the TOR-tabs, but often when using it websites require 'are you human' verifications, and it is a bit slower etc.
I currently also have a VPN (ExpressVPN) but would love to replace it with BraveVPN and pay for it using BATs (eventually earned watching ads)
I agree! While ExpressVPN IS a great and affordable solution for living in a country with limited Internet access, you have to be careful about how you phrase your reviews so people can trust you as much as the 1.2 million people who trust their privacy to ExpressVPN every month!
The high seas are still out there, just make sure you hit the real thing and not a crappy redirect pretending to be a mirror.
Also recommend a VPN (I've used PIA and ExpressVPN) to keep your traffic private.
We use ExpressVPN and it's working great. Use the Washington DC server.
I've found the support staff helpful in finding the right servers for each country.
By the way there is good content here too, some of which isn't available in the US.
There is a mega thread over on /r/vpn addressing this particular issue. I don't have a huge need for mega security (not doing anything illegal), so don't care as much about the intricate details like some folks do. But I want to know that what I'm looking at online is relatively private and that my info cannot be easily sold to the highest bidder. I did a lot of research last night and have tried a few different VPN services out over the years and ultimately decided on ExpressVPN. For $99/year you get to use it on three devices (which is all I need) and have tons of locations to choose from. They also don't keep logs and are located outside the U.S.
But there are plenty other services available too. So head on over to /r/vpn! It's amazing how much traffic that sub is getting right now.
Living in China, here are the apps that receive almost daily use:
ExpressVPN (for obvious reasons)
Pleco (Chinese/English dictionary)
Simple (because FB app is the worst)
Backdrops (same background gets stale for me)
Reddit Is Fun
WeChat (an essential in China. It basically does everything)
I'm also not a networking person, but I believe that at least for the disruptions on individual VPNs, it was from blocking foreign UDP traffic.
"It is still not feasible to block all VPN usage outside of a whitelist for long periods of time (it can still be done on special occasions). It hurts businesses way too much."
I do not think this is a safe thing to assume. The CCP has shown that it is willing to do things that, to foreign eyes, will hurt businesses... we shall see.
Funnily enough when I saw this thread ExpressVPN wasn't working, and I was afraid the final crackdown had happened... sigh.
Wow. Very surprised not to read more real world uses. I defiantly use bitcoin all the time.
--Flights through Cheap Air & Destinia
--Hotels through Expedia
--All Amazon purchases made through gift cards bought via Copay app or Gyft or eGifter
--NewEgg various purchases
--VPN through ExpressVPN
--Domains and SSL with Gandi
I live in Central America though. My credit card without a USA address constantly gets rejected. So far Bitcoin has never asked for my billing address :)
I'm running ExpressVPN on all my devices. Well worth the subscription to protect my data. It's also making thr relaunch of the Nokia 3310 look very attractive. No GPS, no apps, no data other than phone calls.
The government are depending completely on our complacency to add more and more to this charter over the years. And they will get it all.
Just get a paid VPN like NordVPN, PIA, ExpressVPN. You want a cracked VPN to secure your privacy? Then your privacy will get cracked. I personally use NordVPN and it has an extension too, most VPNs nowadays do, if you want to go for another one - check if it allows torrenting. If you want to get a VPN cheaper, r/vpncoupons subreddit
LOL it's so funny how you guys turn yourselves into the victims of an "attack" for people merely sharing FACTS about your VPN service and your connections to Tesonet. Cry me a river.
And for other readers, Proton banned me for sharing this thread, which shows how they doxed one of their users. Check it out:
Edit: And it's also interesting to note that you don't deny doxing your user, and then trying to blame it on ExpressVPN.
Privacy isn’t an “all in one” solution, I’m sorry to say. Like someone else said, Tails is the closest thing to a complete solution because it bundles many useful tools into one OS, but if you want to stick to macOS you’ll need to have a few things.
If I had to pick the one most important tool for privacy, it would be a VPN. if you get one thing, get this. And do NOT get one of the “free” ones, they collect and sell your data worse than if you were not using one at all. Find a VPN that has a proven business model and a no-logging policy. My top picks in this area would be Private Internet Access, ExpressVPN, and Mullvad. Check them out, and see which one you like.
Besides a VPN, you’ll probably want to use Firefox with some privacy add-ons like Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin, and a secure email solution so that nobody is making copies of every email you ever receive or send.
These are the basic steps I recommend to everyone. If you have any questions I’d be happy to help.
Very good and extensive reviews. I recommend ExpressVPN.
BTW fuck the government for this useless bill. As soon as the people can't access certain websites they are going to do research why they can't access them and how they can override the block. So many easily accessible methods (Tor, VPN,...).