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simon-in-staffs



Joined: 11 Aug 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:56 pm    Post subject: VPN in China Reply with quote

Has anyone got any advice on what VPN would be good to use in China.

Off to live and work in China next week and I would like a VPN so that i can access facebook and also BBC iplayer.

Another EFL site recommends Atrill, but internet searches reveal lots of negative comments

Any advice?

Thanks

Simon
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Gringo Greg



Joined: 19 Jan 2003
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Location: Everywhere and nowhere

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont use a VPN service(I roll my own) but strongvpn.com is a good choice.
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teachingld2004



Joined: 17 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:45 pm    Post subject: vpn Reply with quote

I also am going to China next week, and am looking for a VPN. strongvpn is 85 dollars for a year. I had hoped to find something that was cheaper. But, if that is the best one,I will get it. Any others?
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7969



Joined: 26 Mar 2003
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Location: South China, by the sea.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Witopia, $60/year. You won't find one any cheaper that works as well as this one does.
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teachingld2004



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:03 am    Post subject: vpn Reply with quote

Thank you. Am I right in assuming that I would need one to watch shows on HULU, and to download movies?
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7969



Joined: 26 Mar 2003
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Location: South China, by the sea.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can download movies or anything else you want from any torrent site without a VPN.
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teachingld2004



Joined: 17 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: vpn Reply with quote

Eell, if e can donload ithout a vpn, hy get the vop?
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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used the free ad-driven Hotspot Shield for a few months but found that it was too slow (probably because their ads suck up bandwidth). After a lot of shopping around I settled on strongvpn, which I use now. I'm very happy with the service.
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BizLiz



Joined: 20 May 2013
Posts: 30
Location: China

PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 3:50 pm    Post subject: Thanks for good advice friends! Reply with quote

I had VPN Express, Astrill, and they were both slow as molasses in Mongolia on a cold winter day. I read what you guys wrote about strongvpn and that sucker is quite zippy! Thanks.
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Gummy Bear



Joined: 11 Jun 2013
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone have a list of FREE VPNs. My spouse is Jewish and if I can't eat it or share it with them, I can't buy it!
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JoeKing



Joined: 30 Apr 2008
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only had one, so can not compare, but Witopia has worked well for me.
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Sir Winston



Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read an article from some Geek website about six months ago that if you have windows 7 you don't really need a VPN and can configure a "virtual server" of your own somehow for free that gets around the firewall. I should have bookmarked that article because now I can't find it. Do you guys know what I'm talking about?
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VietCanada



Joined: 30 Nov 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out torrentfreak.com They are a well known and popular site that have a freshly updated articles rating and discussing VPNs. Obviously China comes up a lot.

The whole world is working on getting around the great firewall of China. Try a google search. China is losing BTW as witnessed by the entire country being shut down recently by a DOS originating from a single website in the US devoted to breaking it.
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MotherF



Joined: 07 Jun 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to butt in here and ask a question.

I live in Mexico, can I use a (free) VPN to make Amazon think I'm in the US?
There is some digital content I want to put on my kindle for my kids that says it's not available to me, and since I just recently made a trip to the US I won't be going back for a while.
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Shroob



Joined: 02 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MotherF wrote:
I'm going to butt in here and ask a question.

I live in Mexico, can I use a (free) VPN to make Amazon think I'm in the US?
There is some digital content I want to put on my kindle for my kids that says it's not available to me, and since I just recently made a trip to the US I won't be going back for a while.


Yes. A VPN can do that, depends if they have servers in the US (most will). There are also addons to various browsers (firefox / chrome) that would provide access to region-locked content.
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