How to choose the right server in china VPN for your needs (part 4)

March 22, 2017

What makes for a server in china VPN provider? Let’s look at some of the elements you will want to consider.

  • Selecting your VPN provider

Aside from the most obvious matter, a good price point that sits well with your need and budget, other elements of VPN selection can be a bit opaque.

It is up to you to answer the questions by reading over the documentation offered by the VPN service provider before registering for the service. Better yet, read over their documentation and then search for complaints about the service to ensure that even though they claim they do not do A, B, or C, which users are not reporting that they are in fact doing so.

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  • How many servers do they have and where?

If you are looking to access US media sources like YouTube without geo-blocking, a VPN service with the main of its nodes in Africa and Asia is of little use to you.

Accept nothing less than a diverse stable of servers in many countries. Given how robust and widely used VPN servers China services have become it is not reasonable to expect hundreds of servers across the world.

Besides checking where those servers are located and how many servers they have, it is better to check into where the company is based and if that location aligns with your demands.

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  • What protocols do they support?

Most of all VPN protocols are equal. Hands down, the protocol you want to run so as to achieve high security with low processing overhead is OpenVPN.

In case you want to skip PPTP if at all possible, it is a dated protocol using weak encryption and because security issues should be considered compromised. It may be good enough to protect your non-essential web browsing at a coffee, but it is not up to snuff for serious security. Though L2TP/IPsec is a significant improvement over PPTP, it lacks the speed and the open security audits found with OpenVPN.

There is now only one scenario where you can entertain using L2TP/IPsec instead of OpenVPN and that is for mobile equipment like Android and iOS phones. Neither iOS nor Android supports native OpenVPN. Both mobile operating systems do, however, support L2TP/ Ipsec natively and it’s a helpful alternative.

A good VPN provider can offer all of the above options and will even provide good documentation and steer you away from using PPTP for the same reasons we just did.

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  • Do they have a kill switch system?

If you are depending on your VPN servers in China to keep your activities even mildly anonymous, you need some sense of security that the VPN is not just going to go down and dump all your traffic out into the regular internet. What you want is tool known as a “kill switch system”. Reliable VPN providers have a kill switch system in place such that if the VPN connection gets failures for any reason, it will locks down the connection automatically so that the computer does not default to using the open and unsecured internet connection.