Perhaps you’ve come across this 12VPN review thanks to a Google search or maybe you’ve been browsing many of the other VPN reviews I’ve done. Either way, I hope you can find this useful. I’ve spent the past few months personally testing out quite a few China VPNs and although I don’t claim to be an expert, I do have a unique perspective of having used many different great services so I can tell you what’s different and even what’s missing.
In the review below I will give you a visual look at 12VPN followed by a few of my personal thoughts on the service. Finally, if you can scroll down to the bottom to get an exclusive discount code that will save you 10% off your 12VPN service!
These are my unbiased thoughts here – I live in China where a VPN is not a luxury, it’s a necessity! Although the links here to 12VPN are affiliate links, which at no extra cost will help support the work I’ve done to put this together, the thoughts expressed below are my honest opinions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.
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Now that you’ve had a chance to look at the 2-minute video review above, let me dive right into the things that I like and dislike about the 12VPN service.
|Simple program that is easy to download and simple to use.|
Customer support that responded within an hour in my experience.
Servers all across the globe, each with various VPN modes (i.e. Fast, stealth, hybrid, etc.)
No logging of your activity, which is good for more anonymity.
14-day money-back guarantee and "Refugee Plan" savings
|No peer-to-peer downloading allowed.
A lack of advanced settings like an internet "kill switch".
Simultaneous connections limited to 2 (main computer and mobile)
The 12VPN Program
While it is possible to use 12VPN with an open source program like OpenVPN, the 12VPN program is small to download and simple to use. What I like about using the program is that it allows me to see my current upload/download speeds. There’s nothing flashy about it but it gets the job done.
I do wish that the program had a few more advanced settings other than the ability to switch between all the various encryption modes. In addition, I don’t like the fact that I have to input my username and password with each mode. Sure, I only have to do it once per mode but I feel like I should only have to do it once for the program as a whole.
12VPN on Mobile Devices
While 12VPN doesn’t boast the dedicated mobile apps that other VPN services offer, I’m still happy with their mobile device setup. Here’s why: frankly speaking, VPN mobile apps serve absolutely no purpose. Most of the time they are just there to help you install the appropriate settings but you still have to go into your settings file to turn on the VPN, not the app.
I like the way 12VPN does mobile devices as opposed to other VPN services – all you have to do is download a simple file on your phone or tablet and it will automatically install the appropriate settings. Other services make you manually set it all up, which I find annoying. This is a much better options and very fast.
What’s even better, for those people who only want to access the VPN on their mobile device, 12VPN offers a mobile-only plan that other service providers don’t do. It limits your data amount (all other plans are unlimited) but it’s incredibly cheap.
One of the most important aspects of any VPN is its security. Everybody wants to know two things: how is their encryption and do they log user activity?
In terms of encryption, they have some great options that other VPNs don’t have. In addition to “fast” settings that offer low encryption in exchange for faster speeds, there is also the “Stealth” and “Hidden” VPN modes that are great for places like China where crackdown on VPNs is a constant cat-and-mouse game.
Being in China, however, my favorite mode is the Hybrid mode, which only activates the VPN only when accessing certain blocked websites like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc (read more in the article How to Access Facebook in China). In this way you’re getting the fastest speed possible on all other websites by not routing them through the VPN and only using the VPN server when absolutely necessary.
As far as logging goes, 12VPN claims that they do not keep logs that can match user activity with any specific account. While you have to take their word for it (as you do with every VPN), you can make your activity even more anonymous by using Bitcoin to pay for the service.
As I just mentioned, using Bitcoin is one option to pay for 12VPN and is certainly the most private way to do so. Thankfully for those of us who have jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon there is also the option to pay with Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and even Alipay for those users here in China.
Final Thoughts on 12VPN
I’ve tested out quite a few VPNs this past year yet for some reason 12VPN remains my daily workhorse. I think it’s just because it’s decently priced and has worked without any problems this entire time. They also offer free Smart DNS, which is incredibly useful if you want to use your Apple TV or xBox with a VPN in China.
Also, I’ve been impressed by the communication I’ve received from 12VPN. Earlier in 2014 there was a submarine cable that got damaged and affected the internet speeds for anybody here in Asia. Of the all the VPNs I’m subscribed to only 12VPN sent out an email explaining what had happened, giving me updates on when it would be fixed and how to work around the problem in the short-term.
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Enjoy and leave your own review below if you’ve been using 12VPN. Thanks!
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