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LifeVPN Review – A VPN Service For Chinese Customers

Monday, April 21st, 2014

LifeVPN is a VPN service provider based in Hong Kong. The service was launched in 2010 and it is primarily targeted towards Chinese users who want to bypass the Great Firewall of China. In this LifeVPN Review, we will explore the features of the service and decide if it is worth subscribing.

Server Locations and Site Access

LifeVPN has multiple servers in Hong Kong. While the choice of server locations is not there, the service can help the users who are based in China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Brazil and Thailand to bypass the censorship rules set up by the respective governments and access blocked websites like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Skype and Google Talk from behind their ISP firewalls. In addition, the service can be used to circumvent workplace and school firewalls as well as unblock Hong Kong based banking, ecommerce and streaming services like TVB and MyTV from any corner of the world.

VPN Speed and Bandwidth

LifeVPN does not impose any kind of speed or bandwidth restrictions upon its users. The service is well-suited for activities like streaming, downloading, VOIP and online gaming that consume a lot of speed and bandwidth. However, the company reserves the right to impose a bandwidth restriction for those users who upload/download more than 2 GB of data per day.

Privacy Settings

LifeVPN delivers its service via PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols. While the OpenVPN protocol is the most secure VPN protocol available today, it is not yet compatible with many mobile platforms. On the other hand, the PPTP and L2TP protocols ensure that you would be able to use a VPN service from a wide variety of devices but they are not considered as secure as the OpenVPN protocol.

The LifeVPN service encrypts data and creates a tunnel of security around your web activities so that your passwords, social accounts and band login information remains safe even at public Wi-Fi hotspots. It is a well-known fact that most public wireless networks (that are installed at coffee shops, malls, airports and hotels) are not secured properly and as a result they are exploited by criminals and hackers to steal data, money and identity from unsuspecting users. Using LifeVPN ensures that the criminals and sniffing programs won’t be able to steal or misuse your data in any way. Additionally, the service can be used not only to secure browsing activities but also emailing, messaging, FTP and VOIP sessions.

LifeVPN does not keep any type of traffic logs. However, the comapny logs connection details for few days to troubleshoot the bugs and monitor the server performance. The company will not share customer details with third parties unless it is asked to do so by a local court.

Supported Operating Systems

LifeVPN works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7), Mac OS X, Android, iPads and iPhones. The company has not developed its own client so you would need to configure the service manually. However, the company provides detailed setup instructions on its website so the configuration part should be easy for everybody. Unlike many other VPN providers, the company supports OpenVPN for iOS devices.

Customer Support

LifeVPN provides customer support only through email. In addition, you can also refer to the troubleshooting instructions provided by the company on its portal.

Pricing Options

LifeVPN’s Standard (OpenVPN+PPTP+L2TP) plans are available from $0.99 per day, $2.99 per week, $7.49 per month and $22.47 for 3 months. The company also offers Economy (PPTP+L2TP) plans from $6.9 per month. Since the company does not offer free trials or refunds, it is advisable to signup for 1 day plan first before making a monthly or quarterly commitment. Existing customers can extend their subscription package by referring the service to their friends or family members.

Final Verdict

It is clear that LifeVPN is not meant for everyone. For instance, if you need access to American or European content then the service can’t help you in any way. However, if you based are in China and other VPN services are not working for you then you can definitely give it a try. For more information, please visit: www.lifetun.info.

April 21, 2014

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