Using Google Maps in China

Using Google Maps in China: What You Need to Know

After smartphones became popular, most travelers today have stopped relying on paper maps. Mobile apps such as Google Maps have become an essential tool for people when traveling. However, for people planning to travel to China, there’s one common question: Does Google Maps work in China? Is it blocked in China? If so, what are  […]

Apple removes VPN apps from China App Store. Here's what you can do.

Apple Removes VPN Apps From China App Store. What You Can Do?

China’s recent crackdown on VPNs is getting tougher. Since late July 2017, Apple started removing VPN apps from its App Store in China. For iPhone and iPad users in China, most major VPN apps have disappeared and they won’t be able to download new VPN apps or updating their VPN apps that were installed earlier.  […]

Best VPN Free Trials

Best VPN Free Trials

VPN is great for online security, online privacy and Internet freedom. Wouldn’t it be great if you can get a free VPN access and use the VPN for free? While you can find some free VPN offers on the Internet, it’s well known that most free VPNs can’t beat paid VPNs for speed, stability and  […]

Shadowsocks Android Guide: how to use Shadowsocks on Android

Shadowsocks for Android: A How-To Guide

Shadowsocks, as an alternative to VPNs, has been quite popular in recent years, especially in countries such as China where VPN traffic constantly gets blocked or interrupted. Many people believe Shadowsocks is more stable and more reliable than VPN in those countries. In this article, we will discuss how to set up and use Shadowsocks  […]

VPN Blocking in China

VPN Blocking in China: What It Is and How to Bypass

Unless you have never been to China or have never used the Internet in China, you must have heard of the Great Firewall of China, which is the country’s firewall and censorship tool to block Internet contents that the government doesn’t like. Websites blocked in China include many very popular ones, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter,  […]

Best VPNs for Torrenting and P2P File Sharing

Best VPNs for Torrenting and P2P File Sharing

Torrenting and P2P file sharing has become very popular these days. Many people download free music, movies, ebooks and other stuff from the Internet via torrenting without knowing their activities and identity can be easily tracked. In this article, we discuss why using VPN is important for torrenting and P2P file sharing. We will also  […]

VPN Speed: What you need to know.

VPN Speed: What You Need to Know

VPN speed is not only an important consideration for choosing a VPN service provider but also a concern for many people when deciding whether to use VPN. When it comes to using the Internet, speed really matters. While a VPN can provide better online security and help us bypass Internet blocking, if the speed is  […]

Shadowsocks(影梭)全教程:从服务器搭建、优化,到客户端下载、设置。

How to Setup A Shadowsocks Server on DigitalOcean

This is a tutorial on how to setup a Shadowsocks server on DigitalOcean. We have another tutorial on setting a Shadowsocks server on Amazon AWS EC2 if you are interested. While setting up Shadowsocks on DigitalOcean can be quite easy and might only take 20 minutes, this process does require you have some technical skills, such  […]

How to test if my VPN is working.

How to Test If My VPN Is Working

VPN is a great for boosting online security, defeating Internet censorship and bypassing geo-blocking. It’s not difficult to set up a VPN connection on a PC, a mobile phone or a tablet. However, for VPN users, there’s a very basic question: How do I know if my VPN is working? In addition, there’re some other commonly  […]

Shadowsocks(影梭)全教程:从服务器搭建、优化,到客户端下载、设置。

How to Setup A Shadowsocks Server on Amazon EC2

In this tutorial, I will show you how to setup a Shadowsocks server on Amazon EC2. Please note: this is a quite advanced tutorial for technical guys (or gals) who feel comfortable with doing things such as using Linux commands, setting up linux servers, using SSH and using the vi editor etc. It’s also required that you already have a Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. We will create a AWS EC2 micro instance running Ubuntu.