The vast majority of VPNs are no longer functional, or have extremely intermittent connectivity from within China. Nord, Express, Mullvad and VyprVPN are effectively broken, with only smaller ones still working every now and then. It was not like this less than a year ago, where all of the above providers worked.
Source: currently in China.
I never was able to figure it out. VyprVPN/GoldenFrog is quite public about being a Swiss company, and a couple of others are easily traced to places like Panama and the Channel Islands. I have tried a couple of times to trace the corporate heritage of PIA and failed. But I am not an expert at it, possibly not even a good amateur. I was impressed on how public VyprVPN is about the people who run them, pictures and bios on their web site.
Edit: As soon as you dig into PIA, you find that it's parent is into a couple of different Martial Arts Fighting things, and the Food and Beverage industry, along with Open Source stuff. It is an odd combination of things.
There's no question, if you are going to keep downloading torrents locally then get a VPN, period, no further questions needed, nothing else to wonder.
Any paid one is better than nothing for the most part. Ones I've used are IPVanish, NordVPN, VyprVPN, and ExpressVPN, all good ones. Private Internet Access is good too.
Get one of those, and again no further questions about it if you still want to download.
Hi Sunday. I'm wondering why it is that VyprVPN logs the individual IP addresses assigned while connected to your servers and then locks accounts for alleged DCMA violations? Why don't you provide proper anonymity like other VPN providers do?
I know my question is not related to Apple and China but this is an AMA afterall....
The vpns are fucking up. Something about that trade show in shanghai, the government is cracking down. Im using express and VyprVPN. Which ones do you use?
Btw, which city are you in. If its shanghai, hmu, lets get a beer.
> VyprVPN is the VPN service connected to and offered by the Giganews Usenet service, although it can be used completely standalone. In common with many other providers we contacted, VyprVPN acknowledged receipt of our questions but then failed to respond. We’ve included them here since they have such a high-profile.
>The company policy says that logging data “is maintained for use with billing, troubleshooting, service offering evaluation, [Terms of Service] issues, [Acceptable Use Policy] issues, and for handling crimes performed over the service. We maintain this level of information on a per-session basis for at least 90 days.”
>On Usenet forum NZBMatrix several users have reported having their VyprVPN service terminated after the company processed “a backlog” of DMCA notices which pushed them over the “two-strikes-and-out” acceptable use policy.
VPN my friend. I subscribe to Hulu and HBO Now from the UK with a little help of my trusty VPN and American virtual credit card that I can pay off using my Paypal account. I'm currently using VyprVPN which works for Hulu, Amazon, Netflix so I'm very happy with it considering it's the same price as the DNS service I subscribed to before Hulu and Netflix cut down on them.
I'm tagging /u/sacm54 so they can see this too. Happy watching guys :)
Seems I have them confused with VyprVPN.
NordVPN still bans p2p traffic though, that's why they were on my "bad" list (source: )
>* Customer's source IP address (generally the IP address assigned by the customer's ISP)
* VyprVPN IP address used by the users
* Connection start and stop time
Isn't this enough detail to defeat the purpose of an anonymizing VPN?
I recommend you use a VPN service like VyprVPN to avoid being busted. Then you can DDoS all you want, no worries.
Edit: Here's a link. Keep in mind that this particular service is not necessarily better than other VPN services. The idea is that you surf through a tunnel, so anyone tracing your IP will see the VPN provider's IP, not yours. Vypr/giganews gives you SLA encryption as well, so no one can see what you type in search-fields etc.
VyprVPN isn't all that great according to /u/thatoneprivacyguy . Some bad stuff like logging, and 14 eyes country when you break it all apart.
The Sims 4 is US$8.74 on Mexican Origin.
Dragon Age: Inqusition GOTY is US$10.12 on Mexican Origin.
Star Wars Battlefront is USD$10 on Mexican Origin.
Unravel is US$6.49 on Mexican Origin.
Mirror's Edge Catalyst is SGD$18 (~US$13/£11) on Singapore Origin (which lets you use Paypal).
Titanfall 2 is SGD$37.28 (~US$27/£22) on Singapore Origin with code TITAN20 (it's even cheaper on South Korean Origin but they don't let you use Paypal).
There's probably some other good regional deals but I'm too lazy to figure them out.
You can use a VPN (e.g. Tunnelbear, VyprVPN both provide 500mb monthly for free) to access these prices. Use Private Browsing to make sure you get to the right regional site and disable the VPN on the Paypal payment screen. EA has not been known for banning Origin accounts for buying from other regions but caveat emptor.
You feel helpless. I see an innovative new business marketing idea for VyprVPN.
"Are you tired of your Netflix and youtube videos buffering, even after upgrading your internet connection? Try VyprVPN.
"With VyprVPN, all your internet use is encrypted so the isp has no way to know if you're watching videos. No more slow connections."
And the best part is if Verizon attempts to throttle VPN traffic, they'll have hell to pay to all the corporations who have users who work from off-site.
ExpressVPN and VyprVPN are pretty good. It's a good idea to search for "VPN" on r/China and sort by new. You'll find recent posts about people asking about VPNs.
SerpentZA is a nice YouTuber that will let you have an insight of life in China, and know and scams and stuff.
Collinsabroadcast is an entertaining basic negotiator.
Expect hot and humid weather this summer, get a small umbrella for random rain. [I'm Arab so their summer is my winter :P]
Hope you enjoy your stay there. I'll be there in 3 weeks and I'm really excited.
VyprVPN has a protocol that scrambles packet metadata which makes it unidentifiable as VPN. Not even DPI (Deep packet inspection) can identify the data as protected by a VPN which should easily bypass Netflix and HULU restrictions.
> Golden Frog logs the following information and only retains it for 30 days:
> Customer's source IP address (generally the IP address assigned by the customer's ISP)
> VyprVPN IP address used by the users
> Connection start and stop time
> Total number of bytes used
That's you out of the game then.
LPT - For the ones who use a VPN to connect to Netflix, like VyprVPN or TorGuard. If you experience buffering, try disconnecting from your VPN.
I have experienced buffering a few times, when I use TorGuard and VyprVPN, so therefore my Standard Operating Procedure regarding Netflix is this now:
Netflix will continue to stream the video to you because they only validate your location when you load a page. (so when you want to watch something new, you have to connect to the VPN again, but it's worth it :) )
I warn you, it's not cheap. Here's a link. for JSTV1&2.
Totally worth it.
The risk is getting caught and being penalized. Fines, most likely.
The benefit of having one is making it much harder to track you down. It’s certainly still possible but it’s much harder.
Find a VPN that doesn’t keep logs. VyprVPN is one I’ve used.
How are you able to identify the user from a DMCA notice? Do all your users have a unique IP address assigned to them?
I don't think you are doing anything shady with customer info but the fact that you can identify your users if requested to is troubling for people who are specifically using a VPN for anonymity. I was considering getting VyprVPN but this is what turned me off doing so.
Use a Mexico VPN (e.g. VyprVPN, which gives 500mb free usage each month), add to cart, click checkout, click proceed to checkout, then disable the VPN while on the first checkout (i.e. sign in) page, then login and purchase as normal.
While I can't give you any answer, in the meanwhile, you could try to connect via free VPN accounts (VyprVPN, Protonmail ... offer these). The allowed bandwidth of free accounts should be enough for conventional mail exchanges (without heavy attachments that is).
If you`re buying this (and it IS a good bundle), beware of the entry in your key list that proudly claims itself to be:-
"Parallels Toolbox for PaintShop® Pro".
It has sweet F.A. to do with Paintshop Pro and is in fact This software :-
You HAVE to enter credit card details in order to enable your "free year", BUT... (and its a big BUT..)
Its a recurring charge...
Sneaky as **** huh? I NEARLY fell for it..
I was caught out like this once before with a years VPN service that had a recurring payment, luckily for me they were pretty cool about it and refunded me when I noticed it, (VyprVPN), but not all firms are equal...
Just be aware that its NOT a Corel Plug-in, its a crappy "Windows Toolbox" (for want of a better term) and it will cost you if you don`t cancel before the years up, IF you choose to install it.
Let's do an analysis of the concerning results via
Based in: Switzerland
Logs Timestamps? YES
Logs Bandwidth? YES
Logs IP Addresses? YES
Allows anonymous payment method? NO
Meets PrivacyTools I/O criteria? NO
Has red on all the policies and affiliates disclosure. No refund options and price is in the red.
Also their association with giganews is concerning. I would avoid VyprVPN like the plague.
> “At this time, it is unclear if Mozilla will offer a true VPN (an encrypted tunnel) or instead will they offer a proxy service but brand it a VPN like Opera. Mozilla will have the same challenges regarding transparency, security, performance and customer support that every VPN Provider faces when entering the VPN marketplace. I think transparency will be Mozilla’s main challenge when launching its VPN service. I have seen reports online that ProtonVPN will be the wholesale VPN service for Mozilla. However, there have also been discussions online that [name redacted] is the true owner of ProtonVPN which had led to concerns about data mining of customer information and other transparency issues. Ultimately, Mozilla will have to decide how to address transparency issues that are inherent when relying on a third-party to provide their VPN service.”
-Sunday Yokibaitis from VyprVPN
What was [name redacted]?????
This being a guide for starting a Wireless ISP, which helps you avoid a lot of the capital intensive infrastructure requirements.
That being said, running an ISP versus running a public-access VPN service requires a lot more know-how and knowledge.
A VPN service could be setup with a simple front-end, some knowledge of LDAP/FreeRADIUS and working knowledge of Linux. You could probably work through enabling no-logging through reading through VyprVPN's security audits, setting up RAMDisk servers and doing constant meta-searches for data/self-auditing.
An ISP requires a heavy initial investment, among other things.
VyprVPN is down too. After trying to connect I tried just going on to reddit and Chrome said 'your internet access is blocked'. Seems my ISP had blocked my internet access for even trying to use a VPN. Scary shit. I heard Astril is working?
Most important bit from that link:
> We [Golden Frog] log the following information and retain it for 30 days:
> * Customer’s source IP address
> * VyprVPN IP address used by the user
Oh so that's like totally ok then. LOL
That link is just a lot of bollocks to justify that they do log your data.
Look, we all know that a no-logging policy isn't the be-all and end-all of online anonymity but an explicit we-do-log policy doesn't help anyone either.
I just got ProtonVPN because of the black friday promotion they have going on. It is quick to connect and speeds are very fast. I have 150 MB/s speeds with ProtonVPN off and 138 MB/s speeds with it on. I also have VyprVPN. It's really fast too and has good features such as the NAT Firewall and Chameleon Protocol (look up Vypr coupon codes for discounts if you're interested).
Ultimately, no qualms with either. Better than the frequently shilled and heavily advertised VPNs like Nord, PIA, Express, HS Shield, Tunnel Bear, etc. etc.
VyprVPN. Stupidly easy to use. Allows you to circumvent any firewall, even ones specifically blocking VPN traffic due to their chameleon protocol. Also prevents DNS leaks.
It also has an internet killswitch that last beyond closing the app.
It's cheap too
Right, a few points to people looking to get VPNs in sg:
Yes, I've had personal experience with all three (don't ask). Be safe, people!
I'd add VyprVPN to the list. The owners are really adamant about security. Windscribe is high on my list of trust as well, also because it's owned by a privacy driven head. I used tj trust Express as well but I'm squeamish about it since the Kape acquisition.
Don't worry, we still are. We can be disappointed in Humble while still mocking people who blame IGN for literally everything.
I like VyprVPN and heard good things about DisplayFusion, so this purchase made sense for me. It might not for others, but it seems better quality than most software bundles, even those before IGN's acquisition.
I began using this trick to determine the source of spam. When I sign up for a new service, I put the service in the e-mail tag. For example, if I'm signing up for Vypr VPN, I'd list my e-mail as . That way if I begin to receive other crap with that tag, I know VyprVPN isn't to be trusted.
VPN apps on iOS have to install a VPN profile to function. This is a requirement from Apple. This way apps cannot secretly create VPN connections without your knowledge.
It also makes the VPN show up in the Settings app, so you can connect/disconnect from there, as well as delete the VPN profile to prevent the VPN app from functioning.
Installing the VPN profile requires your permission. What you see here is the iPad telling you VyprVPN wants to install such a profile asking whether you want to allow it.
Most VPN apps will install only 1 such profile and contain all the changes you make (like choosing a different server) within the VPN app. So you should really see this only once for each VPN app.
VyprVPN is US-based and run by Goldenfrog/Giganews . . . Of course they will forward infringement notices.
Most commercial VPN providers will, or can easily be compelled to. Run your own VPN/proxy/seedbox on a VPS.
> I use VyprVPN from Goldenfrog
That's your problem right there. They are well known to store connection logs & respond to DMCA notices. In other words, they are not a viable VPN service.. especially for torrenting.
Search /r/VPNTorrents , it has been discussed before.
If youre outside of the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France and Germany
Use VyprVPN .... download to your PC (free version is okay)... Set it to a location USA.... Make "Purchase" through your browser.
Source. I live in the Caribbean. I do this every time.
Note: Make sure your card's billing address match the region youre buying from. I use a US billing address so i can make US region purchases.
Just signed up for VyprVPN. They have 3 plans, I went with the $8.33 monthly "vyprvpn pro" plan (billed annually). They have 4 protocols - PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP and Chameleon. I'm currently on OpenVPN.
On the Los Angeles server and everything seems good so far, very reminiscent of Astrill when it was functioning 3 months ago. The desktop app for Windows looks very nice and is leagues ahead of the Astrill "button". The built in speed chart is nice as well.
The Android app is nice, designed according to holo guidelines. However, I seem to have trouble connecting to their servers right now.
Will report back on OSX later, speeds in a couple days.
VyprVPN - Go to and get a Diamond Account. This gives you SSL-encrypted Usenet access (Hello NZB, bye Torrents) and a free VPN account terminating in Europe or the States. No limits (at least none I've encountered) and no worries.
Well, LastPass practically leaked some data, so I would use 1password instead. And would replace PIA with NordVPN/VyprVPN. Also, would add "haveibeenpwned" page, so would know, whether my email is leaked or not.
While it doesn't have servers in China, NordVPN is a pretty good VPN service that works there as they have obfuscated servers to bypass the GFW. VyprVPN also works in China as far as I remember but I don't think you can torrent with them. I suggest trying out a few, most have free trials available
I live here, too, and I was actually very surprised the reddit is NOT banned. One thing /u/10110101010101010 that makes reddit a little annoying here, though, is that often sites that users link to reddit in a post, are sometimes blocked by the firewall, so you end up with a lot of thumbnails for broken links, that you can't read unless you turn on your VPN.
Just an FYI, my internet is a little slow today and it speedtested as follows:
16.44 Mbps with my VPN off
20.73 Mbps with my WPN on and connected to the fastest server.
It's actually very common with my VPN that it will be FASTER on, than off. But VyprVPN doesn't allow torrenting, and they keep a log of your use, albeit temporary.
If they're willing to sell that info, who knows what else they sell!!! I found this quote from the article hilareous:
"VyprVPN - Update. VyprVPN removed the Pixel right after this research was presented to them. Well done VyprVPN".
Well done? CAUGHT and THEN took it away. WHAT ELSE ARE YOU SELLING! :-)
Well, it's always an exciting day when a large portion of your customers cannot connect to your service. The biggest challenge is identifying how foreign governments manipulate and block traffic and identify the solution to working around it.
Sometimes it is port blocking, other times it is DNS blocking, sometimes they examine the signature of the packet and sometimes they target us directly as a company.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so we have to be creative (e.g. VyprVPN's Chameleon technology).
That's a great question. VyprVPN allows you to connect and disconnect your VPN connection with one click. Our apps for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS all simplify the process of setting up and managing your VPN connection. If you have any issues we also offer 24x7x365 support via email and live chat.
The Great Firewall was updated sometime late December. See if Astrill has any announcements about fixes.
I'm using VyprVPN and had the same issues before the app was updated by the developers. Now it's slower but working most of the time.
I’ve used VyprVPN all over the world and it works pretty well even in China behind the Great Firewall.
That said, there are others that are probably better overall. But VyprVPN does the job I need it to.
I always wanted to use VyprVPN due to the fact that its a well established company and very transparent on privacy polices. But the their logging was a big turn off!
If existing user here of VyprVPN can prove, they no longer get letters from ISP or from goldfrog, it will be very nice!
In terms of privacy I'd definitely go with NordVPN, and regardless it's probably the more solid choice out of the two. VyprVPN does keep logs from what I've heard, I assume that's something you'd like to avoid as well.
I paid around 30 euro last Black Friday for one year of service from a competitor.
u/giganews is out of touch.
Giganews has not listened to feedback from their last thread over three years ago.
The knowledge barrier has lessened significantly.
Usenet is effectively a commodity product. Consumers are more price conscious and realize they can get the same articles (product) from any number of providers and resellers. Businesses in turn primarily compete on bandwidth, retention, and price.
$22/month is not a value.
VyprVPN is known to keep logs on users and hand info over. That isn't some new revelation.
VyprVPN works very well, from my experience. Someone else mentioned that it keeps logs, but at the very least, it let get me through China's Great Firewall with fairly good speeds when I visited, so there's that.
Others seem to really like DisplayFusion.
>less than one month later changes are made to the VyprVPN pricing
If you were within the 30 days from the purchase I think you could ask for a full refund and subscribe again to the new plan. I know it's too late now and I'd feel very disappointed too by this reply.
>It is the account owners responsibility to remain informed of any changes/additions that are made to our service.
It's definitely a lapse of style and sounds a bit rude.
I've been testing multiple VPNs over the past few months so I have about 5 of them installed on my computer right now. This past month I have seen a noticeable difference in how difficult it has been to connect on all of them.
As often is the case with China, there is a cyclical tightening and releasing of VPNs. For some odd reason, right now it seems to be very tight. In other words, I wouldn't blame VyprVPN, Pandapow or whatever.
Here's another TorrentFreak link about which vpn take anonymity seriously. I don't know what you guys think but they don't think too highly of VyprVPN and HdeMyAss.
You know, you and I aren't so different.
I too live in Toronto, have Giganews diamond w/VyprVPN, and love tinkering with technology, although I'm not a web developer. The only difference is I control SABznbd+ with an iOS device and it runs on my Mac Pro.
I don't know why that means we have to be enemies. I get that you hate Apple and that can be a frustrating opinion to hold in a place like Toronto where iOS device penetration is so high, but honestly, this shit is unnecessary.
You certainly aren't helping Android in Canada shake it's reputation of a geek or hobbyist OS with stuff like this, just making it worse. As someone who loves iOS but wants to see Android succeed in Canada to overtake RIM, I find that disappointing.
Also, for the record, using the term "sheeple" seriously like that is promoting an idea that the word is intended to ridicule. Just go with "sheep" in the future.
We moved to our Zero Log policy November 29th, 2018. Here is the article on our support site from when we posted this information:
I don’t think that a free program will do the job for you. You’d be better off with a paid service like NordVPN, VyprVPN or IPVanish. Also, may I ask why you need this? Because if you plan on running a VPN, voice chat and gaming online all at once - it’s possible that you’ll get latency issues. IDK, I think if you want to get a chance of smooth gaming - invest some money in your VPN.
We always recommend a paid VPN - whether ours or someone else's. With VyprVPN, we use a proprietary protocol to scramble your traffic, making it not appear as coming from a VPN.
Also, with free VPNs, you're much more likely to be a product. VPNs are expensive to run; it's likely your data is being sold.
VyprVPN! Netflix actually did an update this week that affected most (all?) vpn providers, including us. We managed to get service restored in under 24 hours. To be safe, we recommend using Washington DC and LA servers for now, but all locations should be perfect for Netflix soon.
Our accounts can be used on any devices, and have dedicated iOS and Android apps. Feel free to DM if you have any questions, and I know this guy might have a link for you.
More servers != better
10 servers on 100Mbps or 1 server on 10Gbps. Which one is better?
Also, most VPNs have server clusters with load balancing behind a single IP address. So even if it appears to be one server, it could be dozens of servers behind it.
Keep in mind also that you can assign multiple IPs to a single server, and say that it’s actually 2 servers. That’s what VyprVPN does with their cluster. They don’t have a physical server in all their locations, but they have multiple IPs geolocated in different countries.
Also, Nord does not have the “residential IP” the way you say they do.
However, both do similar jobs, except one is cheaper... so yeah. Unless you have special needs (like in China were you need crazy expensive China direct connections), NordVPN will do just as well. Though ExpressVPN's live chat is so much better than Nord's.
my pleasure , but to be fair , someone @ VyprVPN has contacted me via private messages on reddit and gave me her email address to communicate and to provide me with a restriction free key , still did not get it , but it seems like she is willing to cooperate. I offered her to deactivate the key that i got off humble bundle and give me a new one that has no restrictions , ill keep you posted if your interested to know what happens.
The German licenser is Anime on Demand. They will simulcast Season 3, however, the subtitles there will be only in German, not in English.
Without VPN, you probably won't be able to access any legal streaming service with English subs like Crunchyroll, Funimation, or AnimeLab. I will checkout Hulu for you...
Edit: Well, I can access the hulu main page without problems... However, in an article I read, for most videos, you will get naturally geoblocked. It should be the same with Attack on Titan. So, VPN would be an option. The following VPNs were recommended in an article: NordVPN, ExpressVPN, UnblockUS and VyprVPN.
The only other option you have is to watch it on illegal streaming platforms like kissanime or 9anime.
I sent a message to Crunchyroll Germany if there are possibilities for you. You will inform you when I have a reply.
Hi, Sunday Yokubaitis here. I'm President of Golden Frog - the creators of VyprVPN. We work hard everyday to keep VyprVPN available to our users in China so they can access a free and open Internet. We are proud to work with to help bring attention to ongoing censorship issues in China.
It really depends on your connection, I'd recommend trying as many as you can until you find one that you're satisfied with. I've listed some of the ones I've used below along with their trial periods, I hope this helps.
Battleping - Free trial lasts forever, but disconnects you every 20 minutes
Killping - Contact support and ask for a free trial, should offer 3 day code
Mudfish - A few hours of free trial
Pingzapper - 1 week free trial
VyprVPN - 3 day free trial
WTFast - 2 week free trial (must cancel 3 days BEFORE so you're not billed)
> Golden Frog logs the following information and only retains it for 30 days: Customer's source IP address (generally the IP address assigned by the customer's ISP) VyprVPN IP address used by the users Connection start and stop time Total number of bytes used
Piggy backing so more people see this. I was about to get in on this until I scrolled through the comments and found this.
That's not my experience. I have used both StrongVPN and currently VyprVPN to access Hulu from the UK and I've never had any issue. I also use the DNS route when accessing it from my XBox 360, and this also works flawlessly.
While I appreciate their honesty & willingness to help the public at large, and agree with what they say and what they're trying to achieve, I can't help but notice...
Golden frog: "We don't make outlandish and unverifiable claims about our vpn service!"
Thanks a lot for this!
I can confirm that the issue seems to be related to having a second VPN client installed (or better: a second client's certificates). In my case it is VyprVPN.
So in case you have autologin profiles for OpenVPN you can do the following as a workaround:
Uninstall the secondary VPN client (in my case VyprVPN, this also seems to uninstall the related certificates)
OpenVPN connect should now be able to lanuch
Install all your VPN profiles in OpenVPN Connect client via iTunes (or any other way that is supported by OpenVPN Connect)
Now reinstall your secondary VPN client (VyprVPN, ...)
OpenVPN from now on will crash again (as soon as the certificates for the secondary client have been installed)
BUT: you can connect to any of your autologin profiles from Settings/VPN!
Autologin = anything where you don't have to enter a password but what works with keyfiles/certificates.
VyprVPN is compatible with Chromebooks. Setup instructions can be found here:
On a side note, you may find this recent article from PC Mag about keeping your Chromebook safe to be of interest. It has additional background info about using a VPN with a Chromebook.
Personally I use VyprVPN because....
So far for the past 6 months it has been excellent. Very occasionally the connection goes slow but in that case I can just switch to another European node.
I know they aren't the cheapest but the performance for me was the utmost priority because I wanted something to run 24x7 rather than just occasionally.
Other than price, performance and ease of use are important. Some services require manual configuration of your device, some provide apps which tie in seamlessly. I hope that helps.
Alts: , , and some trusted and verified sellers from other sites that provide you with accounts.
Vpn: I've seen that PIA VPN was the one people used as an alternative to VyprVPN.
Using iVPN. At home, I get 150-200Mbps down and about 20Mbps up. 65-100 down on my iPhone. Keep in mind this varies if I have a less than stellar connection anyways.
I tested ProtonVPN, VyprVPN & iVPN. Of them, iVPN was ahead by quite the margin(at times double+). VyprVPN would of been the second fastest. I also rank this based on consistency and not just a one off high speed for all listed VPN's I've tried.
*I'm aware VyprVPN is not on the list - I'm just using it as an example!
VyprVPN is alright, but really any VPN is kind of slow. It's a bit more work, but if you're going to be in China for a while it's worth it to set up your own Shadowsocks server.
ExpressVPN has a reputation of somehow being affiliated with the Chinese government, like a honeypot. No idea if that is true, but a lot of people are wary of it.
The paid version is the best VPN i've used, although its been excruciatingly slow these couple days, probably due to the upcoming party congress meeting. (In Beijing. used Expressvpn, VyprVPN, Astrill)
One thing though, you can't select which country you are routed from so some sites may still be blocked and you can't really do anything about it. Also, no iOS app, despite promising one since 2 years ago.
The connection is stable but the speed of VyprVPN with China Telecom is slow as shit. They don't have a single CN2 server or any Asian server with direct peering to China Telecom. There are other VPN providers that work much better in China and also don't lock accounts for torrenting (because they don't log IP addresses like VyprVPN does). Here are some recent speed test results using China Telecom comparing VyprVPN to some other faster VPNs.
steam isn't blocked so you have no worries there just to be safe set it to offline mode before you go to China. and make sure to check your e-mail and password for it as logging in from another country would make Steam send you a verification e-mail
VyprVPN, ExpressVPN and NordVPN are the ones that my friend who is nearly always in China for the last few years recommend
I've used VyprVPN and that worked for me. And if you check on sites like 's deal site you can get lifetime VPN access for really cheap.
I got a lifetime Subscription for Vypr for around $60
I'll add the link in an edit in a few minutes.
Yeah works great on mobile. One of the nicest VPN mobile interfaces I've seen.
Being in security the main reason I love it is because it is so good at preventing DNS leaks.
I also have a Cisco Meraki that can identify web traffic and the VyprVPN traffic shows up as unknown UDP traffic.
Yes, it will go through their servers, though encrypted. I've never had a problem with streaming music, though I wouldn't use it for youtube/netflix/steam/etc unless necessary, depending on your host and the server's location it will be slower.
I use VyprVPN, mainly just because the interface seemed nice at the time. I pay like $80/yr or something? To be fair there's arguably better providers out there (better prices and/or security policies), there's some good articles around that sum up which ones are the best.
Look at VyprVPN - they have apps (ios/android/windows phone) that is a simple one click to turn on or off VPN, you could also set it up in your router to have all your connected devices VPNed all the time.
Verizon has been slowing Netflix traffic for a while now. Goldenfrog VPN is an excellent service if you're looking for a way to stream in HD with no issues. Super fast all the time, and can be used on anything that allows you to configure a VPN or has a VyprVPN app.
Hello – We appreciate you trying out VyprVPN for use while in China.
Have you tried the [Chameleon]( ) VPN protocol? It is designed to scramble OpenVPN packet metadata to ensure it’s not recognizable via DPI, while still keeping it fast and lightweight. The result is that VyprVPN users are able to bypass restrictive networks put in place by governments, corporations and ISPs to achieve an open internet experience without sacrificing the security for which OpenVPN has long been known.
We’ve had many customers in China report that Chameleon is helping them get past the GFW. Please note, we offer a free 3 day trial to test the service.
Been using SABnzbd and SickBeard for years, been downloading binaries from newsgroups for ~10 years. I pay for Giganews but have tried a couple others in the past.
I use VyprVPN (comes with my service) or an encrypted connection. Beyond that, I don't use anything to protect myself. I have never been contacted in connection with a lawsuit or issued a warning about my download activity, nor do I know anyone who has.
I have lived in 4 states across the US and one European country in the last 10 years and haven't changed anything except to switch servers to keep my ping low.
Buy/obtain access to a VPN connection hosted in the States (or Europe). Giganews includes the VyprVPN service with servers all over the world, I've used this on my HC/ICS tablet, not for app purchases though, and their VPN solution is compatible (in my experience VPN can be hit and miss on Android). However, I think you might still have problems with your credit card.
No VPN for Apple TV.
I wanted to explore IPTV but my ISP throttles when it's detected. My router doesn't support running a VPN for outgoing connections. So I bought a Chromecast with Google TV. It supports many VPN apps (I use the VyprVPN app on it, as I have an account for my computers when I travel). No issues with throttling!
If you don't mind the $50 (my cost in the US), it's a nice companion to the Apple TV.
I'm glad you had success with VyprVPN! We have teams dedicated to getting us back up if China attempts to block. (Should you encounter an error while utilizing in China, try logging out and back in to make sure all the updates apply.)
Our official word on the topic is:
VyprVPN is transitory digital network communications under 17 U.S.C. § 512(a) of the Copyright Act. In order to protect the privacy of our users, we do not log the IP address used by any user. If the copyright holder only provides an IP address as identifying information, then it is impossible for us to associate a DMCA notice with any of our users.
Forgive us for having to stick to the legal logistics (company account and all that).
Totally, that's definitely worth verifying.
As it's always been- we are incorporated in Switzerland. VyprVPN is made by Golden Frog, and the official title is Golden Frog GmbH.
We have our presence in Austin because that's where we grew out of (Owners started ). Any customer data that exists is stored in Switzerland, thanks to that incorporation distinction.
Leviathan's use of that address on the report doesn't indicate anything specific other than they interacted with the Austin team.
They had access to all production servers, globally.
This blog post covers our incorporation and has been updated to reflect our No Log status.
Does this answer what you're looking for?
*Edited to fix a statement.
>VPN providers from Fourteen Eyes countries should be avoided at all cost because they can be legally compelled to spy on users. A lot of care must be done when performing this check, as many VPN providers go to great lengths to disguise their true jurisdiction. For example, VyprVPN uses a Swiss shell corporation, but is actually based in Austin, Texas, USA. Private Internet Access is operated by a company known as London Trust Media, which sounds like it is based in Europe, but it is actually based in the US (one of the Five Eye countries) and could be legally compelled to spy on users. This type of jurisdiction obfuscation is very common in the VPN industry.
So, what's wrong?
You should have taken PIA while you had the chance, because even though they are located in the 5 eyes, they keep no logs or personal identifying info. That said, Nord VPN also keeps no records and is outside the 5 eyes so it's better. VyprVPN, although is outside the 14 eyes, keeps users' logs.
Go with VyprVPN if all you're concerned about is security and bypassing ISP blocks and throttles, but Nord if you want privacy and torrent downloads.
Not really a question, just sharing my experience after using 3 years of VyprVPN in China.
The good: I got solid connections for the whole three years. You guys really provide a good service to get around TGF. The number of servers is awesome, as is the choice of protocols. The app is good as well.
The bad: Got my account locked once for torrenting. I suspect this has to do with the country of the server (Australia) but it did make me reconsider VyprVPN. This experience, combined with the fact that you guys keep records, will make me switch to another VPN when I don't live in China.
Are you sure the vpn you chose is making you appear specifically in one of the east coast states getting scores today. Try VyprVPN and select New York, thats the one I used, or use one of those websites like
I use Mullvad and I'm happier with the service than all the other VPNs I've used in the past (PIA, , and VyprVPN). They're on the spendy side, but I always get great speeds and they have all the features I was wanting, namely top-notch privacy policies, US servers and P2P tolerance. They're totally a niche service, and they don't waste any time pretending to be otherwise, and their customer support will vouch for that.
If they fit your criteria, I'd say give them a shot. I pay by Bitcoin and get the 10% off, and there's no advantage to paying for a longer term of service so your sunk costs are almost nothing if it doesn't work as well for you. Hope this helps.
you should stay in a hotel then. Hosts are already risking their homes without risking illegal activity by guests on their ISP. This was a very informative article overall. I have been doing a lot of research lately on VPN's and find that they offer a lot of security. A good friend of mine who works in IT suggested this one by VyprVPN and it looks pretty great. Its a small price to pay for security knowing that I will not get locked up for the browsing history of a guest staying with me.
I'm using VyprVPN and I'm very happy with it. Paid around 60 US dollars for one year. They've got different protocols, and the Chameleon one works perfectly for me. I'm using Android, but I think it's compatible with Apple products as well. I'd advice checking it out!
They have a 30 days try-out policy, so you can get a refund if it doesn't work for you.
I would recommend a non-standard port for OpenVPN, I would recommend a configuration that allows you to connect to it via IP address only in the config file, and if at all possible I would recommend tunneling that VPN connection through some other protocol like ICMP or SSL because China uses DPI (deep packet inspection) to figure out what type of communication you are using. Some VPN providers already do this (ex. VyprVPN's Chameleon).
Those who don't use that type of VPN configuration will sometimes start using a VPN just fine in China and then later it will appear to stop working for no apparent reason... driving both you and whatever support team you engage up the wall (no pun intended). This complication is why so many VPN companies have trouble providing service in mainland China.
Does anyone know anything about VyprVPN? I'm using the free 3 day trial but I'm not sure if they use data caps or not...
EDIT: Waiting for confirmation on the Data Caps. Their website says that their data is unlimited but so do American ISP's so no clue if it's true or not. THEY DO HOWEVER keep track of data so if you want to do something that's not exactly legal you might want a different VPN.
EDIT 2: According to Extremely_Volatile it has a 500mb cap.