Recently there were quite many misconceptions about the GFW upgrade; new methods of tracing VPN connections and problems with connectivity for people using major VPN providers. Let’s try to understand what’s exactly happening, what kind of changes were actually introduced in the GFW’s algorithms and what we can expect in the future.
First and most important thing to know is that the Chinese government cannot block all VPN connectivity, otherwise it would’ve already happened. Technically there is no problem in blocking PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN or any other protocol traffic. But this in itself is a stupid idea since it will impact businesses that require secure VPN connections to communicate between local and foreign branch offices. So blocking all VPN traffic is simply unfeasible and would mean losing considerable foreign investments; no company would want its communication intercepted. Secondly, VPN connectivity for household users is a very real business which cannot be shut down overnight. While the chinese government will definitely want to keep control over content accessed online, it also has an eye on the possible lucrativeness of VPN business.
To this end, the Chinese government has taken some measures; they’ve blocked all major VPNs, declare VPN providers illegal and update regulations to require special telecommunication license to keep them running. It has already been announced that VPN providers need to be registered within China with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to keep operating. They also require VPN businesses to record and log all traffic, preventing users from accessing illegal content and so on. So in general, it means that VPN providers would need to disclose private information and censor the Internet the same way as the GFW does which obviously diminishes value of VPN.
As far as we know, none of the big VPN players have applied for getting a license yet.
Some people are linking such harsh measures with recent change of communist party leadership, although this is certainly speculative. But for now it is a serious signal for all international businesses in China.
Dear users from China, we’d like to confirm that our service outage was related to Great Firewall of China (GFW) update. Now we can see many ‘Lost-Carrier’ messages, introduced by GFW interference. Our engineers are working hard to solve that problem, please wait for updates or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find a solution.
Well, it did not take too long to finish all public invitations. We are happy and sad at the same time.
We are happy that now we have a small community to fill up existing servers and sad since we can not offer new public invitations till the New Year.
Party is started, no more new faces, ask existing members or support to get invitation.
It was never so easy to setup Seed4.Me VPN connection on your iPhone or iPad before. Open Login page with your device, enter user name and password.
Find Automatic Setup button on My VPN Access page and press it. That’s it! System will ask to accept new profile and enter credentials for each VPN connection separately. After procedure is complete try to establish connection and surf Internet safely.
All newcomers receives free VPN for one week. That’s perfect for testing service quality and finding new opportunities, like watching YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, getting rid of censorship or protecting your privacy in places with public Internet.
Here at Seed4.me we’re very passionate about getting access to content for everyone, everywhere.
We find it very unfortunate that our friends in Iran cannot access household internet brands like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Without delving into how pictures of kittens and internet gossip can somehow pose a threat to the Government of Iran, we’d like to remind you guys that our shop at seed4.me is open 24/7 for Iranian netizens. Check our invitations page for codes for 1 week of free VPN access or ask us via e-mail at email@example.com
Today we have published 50 invitations to our VPN club. Find them on Invitations page.
Use Take button and fill in registration form to get free VPN access for one week. Enter correctly your email address: confirmation code will be sent to your e-mail, don’t forget to confirm your email before using Seed4.Me VPN servers.
After account is created and confirmed use Connection Wizard or read instructions how to setup connection manually.
Now you can enjoy Hulu, Netflix, Pandora Radio, you can unblock restricted web sites and stay protected while using public Wi-Fi access points.
We present extra Month of free VPN to everyone who creates an account and makes a payment during first free week.
Please, contact support if you have any questions or leave a comment to this post.
Today we deployed new design for the website and opened a blog. I’m happy to share this information and say “Happy Birthday” to Seed4.Me.