Any free reliable vpn services ?

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  1. anonymous4a macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2012
    Hi, I'll be going to China in a couple days, are there any free reliable vpn services that I can use when I'm there ? I know there's a number of paid options, just wanted to see if there's anything free and reliable available
  2. droo macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    You could upgrade to OSX server and set up a VPN back home; thats one option.

    Free VPN - never heard of any that would be any good.
  3. Rorlow macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Detroit, MI
    I use a subscription proxy/VPN service (Netshade), for the price I'm very happy with it. I also use iTeleport on my iPad & iPhone which works well stateside, although I've never tried it out of the country.
  4. mlovergaard macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2011
    New York City
    Depending on how long you will be gone, quite a few offer trials, some 7 days others even 30 days.
  5. fullauto macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2012
    Can't remember how much it is but Jump Desktop in the App Store is a treat. Great on iPad mini.
  6. lva macrumors member


    Nov 18, 2013
    If 50 MegaByte/day are enough for you, you could give Ivacy-VPN a try:

    There is an special offer 1 Year subscription for only 1 EUR.
  7. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I spent 10 days in Beijing and loved it. Be careful with the VPN, you may end up in jail for a VERY long time.
  8. Technode macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2013
    SSTP VPN Protocol can use from China


    I recently used SSTP vpn service provided by from China and performed good. Its not free, but they have Christmas offer with 77% discount. Its good time to buy...
  9. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I'd suggest SSH instead of VPN. Secure. And you can just buy software rather than hassling with a subscription. I like Yazsoft's ShareTool, but there are others.
  10. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Does this require a static IP address for your home network... or does OSX Server somehow solve this for you?

  11. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    I use occasionally Hotspot Shield ( It works but it is, of course, not exactly fast and you cannot choose which server to use.

    Not free but with $2 per month really inexpensive is SlickVPN ( This is a "real" VPN service provider with a big choice of servers.
  12. kgs macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2012
    I use

    I wouldn't use something free. Reliable services are inexpensive. And a VPN is worth it while traveling.
  13. sjinsjca, Dec 21, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2013

    sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Buy a Raspberry Pi for $35 and set it up on your home router. The 'Pi is a full Linux computer based on a little ARM chip. It's a single board and uses an SD card for a "hard disk."

    Then set up VPN per

    ...Worked great for me when I was in China. It allowed me to access services that are ordinarily blocked by the Great Firewall, along with stuff I needed for my work. And needless to say, you get all the VPN you want for the princely sum of $0, after the initial purchase of the 'Pi. And you can use the 'Pi for many things-- it's a complete computer. Add an HDMI monitor, a keyboard and a mouse, and you have a decent entry-level desktop machine to play with as well as a tidy little server. Or you can just use it as a server... mine runs the full LAMP stack plus the VPN and some other stuff. You'll need an old iPhone charger or something of the sort to power it. Needless to say, your electric bill won't notice its hunger at all, and the thing is stone-reliable.

    Of course, there's some risk in that accessing the aforementioned services is illegal in some countries, including China. (Similarly, VoIP is illegal in many countries.) My own judgment for my case was that such laws are for the locals and not for visiting businessmen who routinely use VPNs to access company resources. But you will need to make your own estimation and decide for yourself; you may well come to the conclusion that it's not worth the risk. In any case you'd be wise to keep your VPN usage to yourself.

    You want the Model B, which has an Ethernet port. Best price for the 'Pi for U.S. purchasers is at pi model B Amazon has it too now:

    The version with the ready-to-go 8GB SD card is the best bet for a newbie. If you decide to provide an SD card of your own, be sure it's on the compatibility table. You'll find that and much more information at
  14. Tlamaki macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013
    For totally secure VPN you could try to get an accout with or, I have a accout for 4 years now, totally free, they used to give away free accounts in their twitter, you should check if they still do.
  15. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    The legality issue is one reason to use SSH instead of VPN, since it sometimes is perfectly legal whilst VPN isn't. And it's just as secure if set up that way. And cheap and reliable.
  16. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
  17. Tlamaki macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2013
    What? You mean there are illegal USAGES of VPN, because the technology itself isn't illegal. Any technology can be used for illegal purposes.

    Forget about that, just google the differences between both, SSH and VPN, I think VPN is far superior but maybe for your needs SSH would be enough, getting a free VPN account is easier though.
  18. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Yeah, usage. Usually blocking certain sites. They sometimes block VOIP as well. Banana VPN, eg, has a list. Dunno how the countries accomplish it, or whether they'd hassle a normal business use going back to your office or whatever, but forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

    And I'm sure nobody would use it illegally :D
  19. frozenprincess macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2014
    In case of necessity to hide my location I prefer using this:

    It's rather cheap comparing to the other similar ones and has a free version as well (cannot say anything of how it works as I CANNOT stand for advertisement :eek:). I guess it would fit you for a trip to China perfectly. If I'm not mistaken it also doesn't save your logs and uses OpenVPN and PPTP.
  20. snarfquest macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2013
    I've been to China many times and have never heard anything about VPN being illegal nor did I ever have trouble with it being blocked in any way.

    I use it to get back to my work/office.
  21. yoda666 macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2014
    i had the same problem....a lot of free vpns but they doesnt i use it is with 7 days free trial period after the period is very close to FREE it include 10 asia servers just try :cool:
  22. jonvaladez813 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2014
    free vpn

    Hello there! I am using VPN wherever I go. Last time, my family went to Turkey for a vacation. I am very disappointed by the fact that they are very strict when it comes to accessible websites. I am using a paid VPN because there is no interruption in the service but there are also free versions. However these free versions have limitations to their usage time. The most popular one I know is Cyberghost. you may want to check that out.
  23. aidym macrumors member

    May 25, 2007
    I can highly recommend this option. I did this myself using OpenVPN and DuckDNS. Very happy with it too.

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