Beware of Astrill


As of October 15, 2016 all links on the Tips for China website that were pointing to Astrill will now land on this page instead. It appears that Astrill has banned my affiliate account without telling me. I don't know when this happened or what the reason is but when I log into my Astrill account the affiliate account is gone. Perhaps they didn't like this page or this page. Whatever the reason I am happy to say good riddance to this shitty company and remove their affiliate links from this website. You might not care about the way the treat their affiliates but you should know that they don't treat their customers any better.


Besides treating their customers and affiliates poorly their VPN has major problems in China too. Unlike other VPN companies Astrill attracts special attention from the government in China. Their service is often blocked completely and when it does work you can only connect with their paid add-ons which only work on certain devices. Meanwhile standard PPTP and OpenVPN protocols work perfectly with other VPN providers. Here are some top recommended VPNs that all work much better than Astrill in China. Unlike Astrill they all offer a free trial or money back guarantee to all of their customers.


VPN.ac - 25% lifetime recurring discount - 7 day money back guarantee


ExpressVPN - 30 day money back guarantee


StrongVPN - 15% off annual plan - 5 day money back guarantee


12VPN - 14 day money back guarantee (promo code TIPS 25 for 25% off any unlimited plan)


VyprVPN - 3 day free trial or 30 day money back guarantee + BIG DISCOUNTS (recommended only for China Unicom and China Mobile ISP, Asian servers don't work good with China Telecom)


Below are some screenshots of complaints about Astrill from affiliates, customers, and former employees. You can click on each image to go to the source URL of the screenshot. I can't verify whether any of the claims are true but given the large number of complaints I think it's something that you should look at before visiting Astrill's website. Or do your own research by searching for Astrill on Google, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc. This is not an exhaustive list, only what I came up with in 5 minutes.

In case you missed the links above, here is the list of top recommended VPNs for China that work better than Astrill.


VPN.ac - 25% lifetime recurring discount - 7 day money back guarantee

ExpressVPN - 30 day money back guarantee

StrongVPN - 15% off annual plan - 5 day money back guarantee

12VPN - 14 day money back guarantee (promo code TIPS 25 for 25% off any unlimited plan)

VyprVPN - 3 day free trial or 30 day money back guarantee + BIG DISCOUNTS (recommended only for China Unicom and China Mobile ISP, Asian servers don't work good with China Telecom)