ChinaVPN is perhaps one of the most focused sites on the Internet. That means we do very little about even less.
Still, it helps us do that very little very well.
We want to help our readers sneak their way past the Great Firewall of China. While the country itself can be stunningly beautiful, we can’t say the same about its policies, especially when it comes to digital freedom.
One of the best ways to overcome digital blocks on content and squirm out from under government surveillance online is by using a VPN. China, being the bitch it is, hates this and doesn’t want you to use VPN services either.
Because of this, trying to use a non-approved VPN in China can literally drive you bat-shit crazy. ChinaVPN aims to verify the best VPN services which can work most reliably within this draconian environment.
Testing to see if a VPN service can work reliably is an ongoing job. It’s isn’t something we can experiment on once then leave results “as is”. The fact of the situation is that the Great Firewall is not only extremely capable, but it is highly adaptive and aggressive as well.
This means that our testing is done on an ongoing and regular basis. We’re constantly connecting to VPN servers using various brands, just to see which can work on any given day.
While this might sound like a lot of work…. it REALLY is. While the idea is structurally simple, practically it’s almost impossible to run this in China.
We run connectivity and speed tests every two hours for each VPN. That’s a total of 12 pairs of tests per service. That data is recorded down so we have a track record for each VPN. The key things we look for are stability in the ability of each VPN to bypass the Great Firewall, and usable speeds.
This is done via a location somewhere inside China. From there, our script attempts a connection to a server for each VPN. If the connection is made and remains alive for one minute, the script then tries to open Google.com.
Some of the VPNs we test offer the ability to pick what they deem is the fastest server for our server location. For those that do not, we ping all of their servers and pick the 50 fastest, randomly connecting to one each time.
Speed tests are carried out on the servers selected via the download of a 100MB file.
For the purists out there, yes, this is considered a fucked up test environment. However, we do what we can, so suck it.
Serious Note: Some of our team members live in or travel to China very often – hence the use of cartoon avatar (China face recognition technology is no joke).
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