Over the past 8 years I’ve been incredibly impressed by how well NordVPN has served the China expat community. To start, NordVPN has a simple UI, meaning it’s easy to use even for those who aren’t tech-savvy. To connect to a VPN server and bypass China’s censorship, you just click on a map for where you want to be. That’s it! Android and iOS apps make this fast on mobile devices as well. Best of all, NordVPN is the lowest price on this list, making it an incredible value. Give it a try and you have 30 days to get your money back if you don’t like it.
Of all these VPNs, I’ve used ExpressVPN for the longest. If I had to hand out awards, I would give this service the “most reliable” award. On very few occasions have I been unable to connect to an ExpressVPN server, and even then it’s only been for a short period of time when all VPNs are having trouble in China. ExpressVPN has some of the fastest servers, which is important for those China expats who value speed (gaming, video streaming, etc.). It’s also a popular service – if you were to ask 10 expats what VPN they use, at least 4 would say ExpressVPN. If you’re thinking of trying ExpressVPN, make sure you use this link, which will automatically add three months free to any annual plan!
Last, but not least, VyprVPN is the longest-running VPN on this list. It’s position as the third does not reflect on its quality (heck, it’s beat out plenty of other VPN services to get here). On the contrary, it’s an excellent VPN option for expats in China. One of the things I really love about VyprVPN is their transparency. There’s not much you can find out about many VPNs on their about page (even for the two above), but that’s not true for VyprVPN. They’re extremely transparent about their leadership, corporate structure, company values and mission statement. Within the admittedly dark world of VPNs, VyprVPN is a breath of fresh air. They’re up front about how they use your data, so you can check to see if they fit what you need. They’re also fairly priced and easy to use.
Admittedly, Surfsharks speeds do vary from server to server. This isn’t all that abnormal in the VPN world. It’s important to know that most of the servers are quite fast and don’t see much of a dip in terms of your original internet speed.Security is what Surfshark does best. The VPN never logs your activity and has the best encryption protocol available. If you aren’t familiar with the different encryption options available today, just know that Surfshark uses the best possible option.
If you are interested in knowing the details, Surfshark uses an IPv6 protocol, which is much better than the IPv4 protocol other companies are using.The company also supports OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols. On top of that, Surfshark uses 256-bit AES encryption with a 2048-bit DHE-RSA key exchange and a SHA512 authentication hash. They also have WebRTC leak and DNS protection.
IPVanish has been in the news for handing over customer information to the United States Department of Homeland Security. They have changed ownership, and the new owners do claim that they keep no logs.
It is hard to trust a VPN company that is based in the US because at any time a government agency can force a company to hand over customer data.With IPvanish’s high number of servers and country location, there are no issues with the speed provided, and are in general above average.
With almost 4,000 servers, CyberGhost is a great affordable option. It allows users to do every basic function with a VPN without breaking the bank.CyberGhost is an option that will wow you with connecting any device possible and will come up solid in every other regard.
Speeds are on the average side for CyberGhost and won’t wow anyone. With the low price and the ability to connect to devices, such as FireTV, easily, this might be a trade-off that is worth it to a lot of people.As far as logging, they do not keep any of your information. Besides that, there are no issues with data leaking or any of the other security offenders out there.
Hotspot Shield empowers users in China to access blocked websites, social media, apps, services, news, and videos. It offers excellent internet speed and the ability to unblock Netflix as well as a handful of other region-locked sites. You can also use it to secure public wi-fi connections from third-party snoopers.
Only the Windows app comes with an automatic kill switch. It uses a proprietary protocol called Catapult Hydra, which we know little about. Live chat support is available around the clock.Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android, plus a browser extension for Google Chrome. Up to five simultaneous device connections are allowed along with unlimited server switches