Any free reliable vpn services ?

anonymous4a

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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
 

droo

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May 1, 2011
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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.
 

Rorlow

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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.
 

Technode

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Dec 20, 2013
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SSTP VPN Protocol can use from China

Hi,

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

robgendreau

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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.
 

desertman

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sjinsjca

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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 http://unvexed.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-set-up-real-encrypted-vpn.html

...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 http://www.alliedelec.com/lp/120626rasomodelb/?mkwid=lRZmN5be&pcrid=2397047766&pkw=raspberry pi model B&pmt=e&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Raspberry+Pi+-+Updated&utm_term=raspberry pi model B Amazon has it too now: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=raspberry+pi+model+b

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 http://www.raspberrypi.org
 
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Tlamaki

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For totally secure VPN you could try to get an accout with autistici.org or riseup.net, I have a hideipvpn.com accout for 4 years now, totally free, they used to give away free accounts in their twitter, you should check if they still do.
 

robgendreau

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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.
 

Tlamaki

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

When and why is SSH legal when VPN is not?
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.
 

robgendreau

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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.
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
 

frozenprincess

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Jan 16, 2014
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In case of necessity to hide my location I prefer using this: http://faceless.me/

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.
 

snarfquest

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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.
 

yoda666

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May 12, 2014
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i had the same problem....a lot of free vpns but they doesnt work....now i use https://vpnarea.com it is with 7 days free trial period after the period is very close to FREE it include 10 asia servers just try :cool:
 

jonvaladez813

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Oct 15, 2014
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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.
 

aidym

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May 25, 2007
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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 http://unvexed.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-set-up-real-encrypted-vpn.html

...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 http://www.alliedelec.com/lp/120626rasomodelb/?mkwid=lRZmN5be&pcrid=2397047766&pkw=raspberry pi model B&pmt=e&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Raspberry+Pi+-+Updated&utm_term=raspberry pi model B Amazon has it too now: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=raspberry+pi+model+b

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 http://www.raspberrypi.org
I can highly recommend this option. I did this myself using OpenVPN and DuckDNS. Very happy with it too.