Updated on 18.12.2018
Based on our recent tests, NordVPN is a great tool for getting around the Great Firewall. Why? Read below to find out.
With China’s ongoing battle against unsanctioned VPN use, even some of the best VPN services can falter in their attempts to bypass the Great Firewall. However, some are still able to effectively help Chinese residents “climb over the wall.”
Is NordVPN one of the few and the proud? Let’s see how the crème de la crème of the VPN market fares against the most advanced censorship system in the world.
NordVPN servers in Asia
Although the usual trifecta of security, speed, and ease of use is as important as ever for those looking for a solid VPN, there are other important aspects to consider when shopping for a VPN under the shadow of the Great Firewall. Chief among these is the number of servers the VPN in question has deployed in Asia.
NordVPN has 458 servers spread across 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including 84 servers in Japan, 61 in Singapore, and 48 in Hong Kong – an impressive armada that dwarfs entire server fleets of some less established VPN providers.
Although you won’t find any NordVPN servers in China itself, this is a deliberate tactic employed by Nord to stay out of sight of the ever-vigilant Chinese authorities. And so far, it seems to be working.
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One of the tools Beijing uses to block VPNs not sanctioned by the authorities is Deep Packet Inspection (DPI). This method is highly effective against OpenVPN, which is the default protocol used by most other VPN tools.
With NordVPN, users in China who can’t connect to their chosen VPN server regularly can enable an alternative list of Obfuscated servers. These servers are based on a modified OpenVPN protocol and are exclusively dedicated to connecting from extremely restrictive online environments such as China. They are designed to overcome online surveillance and censorship. NordVPN’s Obfuscated servers disguise your VPN traffic as regular HTTPS traffic, which tricks the Firewall into treating you as a regular, VPN-less user.
As one of the most secure VPNs on the market, NordVPN also offers a number of protocols other than OpenVPN, including IKEv2, PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, and SSTP, that can bypass DPI and let Chinese users “climb over the wall.”
Combined with Obfuscated servers and the Double VPN feature that lets you encrypt your traffic twice, NordVPN is able to deliver a truly comprehensive counterpunch to the online censors in China.
NordVPN in China: positively recommended
Due to its huge Asian server count and a set features designed specifically to counter the Great Firewall, NordVPN passes our test with flying colors.
That said, any VPN’s ability to elude the Chinese authorities can be fickle at the best of times. So far, however, NordVPN seems to be equipped against the vagaries of China’s uncertain environment like a doomsday prepper in hurricane season.