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Overcoming Internet Obstacles in China

VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Another Blocking Attempt

The Chinese government began blocking some VyprVPN connections on the morning of June 20th around 5am CST. Because our dedicated team of engineers works in-house, they located the source of the block and made the necessary adjustments to restore service quickly. This is…

Overcoming Internet Obstacles in China

VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Latest Round of Blocking

The Chinese government began blocking VyprVPN connections at 7am CST on June 1st. This blocking attempt was likely due to the impending anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 on June 4th. As with previous blocking attempts, our engineers rapidly implemented procedures…

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Radio Silence As China’s VPN Ban Deadline Arrives, Passes

We’ve been anticipating it for months – the date China’s much talked-about VPN ban is set to take effect. China introduced plans to ban VPNs, or virtual private networks, nearly a year ago now, and there’s been much debate and speculation on the ban in the…

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Cat and Mouse Continues In China, As VPN Ban Deadline Looms

As you’re likely aware, China’s VPN ban is set to go into effect on March 31. It was initially slated to take effect on February 1, 2018. The ban applies to all unregistered VPNs, with foreign providers expected to be hit the hardest….

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Apple Continues To Condone, Comply with Chinese Censorship

Apple created quite a stir a few months back when they pulled 60+ major VPN applications from their App Store in China. This move came at the request of the Chinese government and left many shaking their heads at Apple’s willingness to not…

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US Expresses Trade Concerns About China’s Cybersecurity Laws

In advance of the onset of China’s latest (and strictest) Internet regulations yet, the United States is expressing concern. These new restrictions, set to go into effect on March 31, 2018, put forth new guidelines on the use of VPN services and Internet…

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China’s Cybersecurity Laws: Bad for Internet Users, Worse for Businesses

Last week we explored the difference between authorized and unauthorized VPNs, and this week we’re digging deeper to look at the business implications of China’s strict cybersecurity laws. China imposes many guidelines and restrictions on businesses operating in the country, which apply to…

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China’s VPN Crackdown Targets Chinese Providers, Hurts Chinese Businesses and Users

The following is a guest blog post from Clarence Leong, a student at Columbia’s School of Journalism. Clarence recently interviewed Golden Frog president, Sunday Yokubaitis, for this article. Full bio and contact information can be found at the bottom of the post. “When I first developed…

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Authorized VPNs Versus Unauthorized VPNs: What’s The Difference?

With all the news surrounding China’s forthcoming VPN ban, there has been talk of certain VPNs still being allowed. Some VPNs have remained operable in China while others are repeatedly blocked. When Apple pulled 60+ major VPN apps from their app store this…

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The Inextricable Connection Between Surveillance and Censorship

We’ve been writing about extreme censorship in China for quite some time now. But something we’ve talked less about is how censorship is coupled with another, equally concerning, rights issue – surveillance. What is Surveillance? Surveillance is defined by Merriam-Webster as “close watch…