What’s Up With VPNs Now? Looking Forward in 2013

Secure Internet in China

More than half way through 2013, we saw quite an exciting year. Wait, no, I take that back. The end of 2012 was pretty exciting with some changes in the Chinese government, and immediate upheval in the VPN market. Most of the strong players stood through the quakes, unaffected, but a few wavered and recovered nicely.

In the aftermath, pretty much everything remains the same.

But not here on Best VPN in China. Actually, I did some changing of the order of my VPNs. Just a little bit. PandaPow still remains my #1 choice for a VPN in China. 12VPN was previously #1, and was then demoted to #2 because, I thought PandaPow had a nicer VPN client (VPN software) and they have had relatively little trouble whenever China starts blocking services.

Unfortuantely, 12VPN has lost another spot. I still really like them, don’t get me wrong. Hey, I’ve used them for 4 years now. Actually, it seems pretty crazy that the VPN service I actually use would rank #3, but here’s my thinking. This is just the service I prefer. I’m pretty weird. My taste in stuff doesn’t always jive with the ‘normal people’. So my reasoning behind the change in order is this: I think more people will benefit from VyprVPN.

They’ve added more servers from around the globe (recently Japan and Czech Republic). They offer a monthly subscription (no 1-year commitment necessary), they have apps for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS, and they’ve recently updated their site to be more user friendly. Honestly, VyprVPN has really stepped up their game, while 12VPN has stayed static for the past half-decade.

Read the review of VyprVPN on the home page or you can sign up for VyprVPN here.

4 thoughts on “What’s Up With VPNs Now? Looking Forward in 2013

  • October 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    My wife and I teach in Tai’an and are currently in the US but are looking to return in February. We use 2 computers (Macs), iphones and Nooks. All worked well on our ‘Airport’ in China but as you know many sites were blocker. What would work best for us?

    • October 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      I would still go with PandaPow, as shown on my home page as my #1 recommendation. You can use their OpenVPN for your Macs, and L2TP or PPTP for iPhones. I would count the Nooks out. They are not VPN compatible unless you buy a VPN router and change the IP of your home internet connection or use your Mac to create a shared internet connection with the nook. It’s a bit complicated and doesn’t work all the time.

      You might have to purchase two subscriptions, but I’m not sure about that. 2 macs and 2 iPhones, especially if you are running them at the same time (your wife and you surfing simultaneously) is likely to fall under multiple connections. If only 1 person uses 1 device, you can probably get away with one subscription, but have an app on each device.

      Anyway, PandaPow has great Apps. VyprVPN also has great apps too, and as you can see, it’s #2 on my list!

  • April 8, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I am interested in vpn service in USA. Any recommendation of vpn that provides numerous ip address in USA? I know Hidemyass and VyprVPN, any vpn else?

    • October 20, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      HideMyAss doesn’t work in China. Other than VyprVPN, StrongVPN has quite a few US IPs.


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