The Best Stealth VPNs to Bypass GFW like Firewalls
Which VPN is the best one?
My best stealth VPN picks for iOS (also works for Android, Windows, MacOS, etc.)
Picking a good VPN on iOS is easier compared to Android, because there are few choices for iPhone/iPad devices.
$5.99 per month ($4.20 with discount)
This VPN service has two main advantages. First, it offers v2ray, OpenConnect, OpenVPN with Stealth (Windows), WireGuard, SoftEther (Windows), and tproxy (Windows). That is exactly 6 different “stealth” protocols/proxies. No other VPN service provider offers this kind of selection. And most of the protocols work on iOS. WireGuard has very good speed,it was not developed to be an anti-DPI protocol. v2Ray and OpenConnect are stable and have decent speeds. Second advantage is that, 12VPN does not limit simultaneous connections.
Also, 12VPN can evade Netflix’s VPN detectors. The pricing is good if you use at least 5-6 devices, with $1 per device a month. In my tests, approximately half of the servers worked.
The main drawback of 12VPN is that they log your real IP address.
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Wannaflix is relatively a new VPN service and is active since 2018. Wannaflix focuses on Netflix and China users and is one of the first ShadowsocksR providers (at least in English language). You can use Wannaflix either with a free app like Potatso Lite, or paid apps like ShadowRocket, Potatso, Kitsunebi or Surge. Recently Wannaflix added v2ray and a new OpenVPN protocol called “Eclipse”.
Approximately, half of the servers worked in my test. Wannaflix has a very good speed and you can watch Netflix libraries on special Netflix servers. The pricing is higher than the rest on this list with $1.40 per device a month, with 5 simultaneous connections.
I would like to note that, 12VPN and Wannaflix are also good choices for using on your Android, Windows and mac devices.
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My best stealth VPN picks for Android (also works for Windows, MacOS, but not iOS)
TorGuard is another famous VPN provider based in US. Similar to the 12VPN, TorGuard also offers wide range of stealth protocols such as: SSH Tunnel, Stunnel, OpenConnect, StealthVPN and StealthProxy. The have also added WireGuard recently. The protocols are compatible with Android, Windows and Mac devices, the only iOS compatible protocol is OpenConnect. You can use the VPN on 8 simultaneous connections for $60/year ($0.63 device/month), and with the generous 50% recurring discount you end paying $30 per year. TorGuard also claims that they have zero-log policy.
The only two drawbacks, that I could find are that TorGuard is located in the US, and the fact that you have to pay for a seperate bundle to enjoy streaming services.
July 2020 update:
I would not recommend big names like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and SurfShark as a stealth VPN. Since they are popular, the VPN blocking firewalls have been targeting and blocking them.
Regarding TorGuard, please before purchase ping their servers, or try one month subscription, because part of their servers are blocked in my country. Their servers are visible on the website, even if you are not a customer.
Whereas TorGuard is also a good choices for your iOS, Windows, Mac devices, the stealth protocols of VPN.ac are not available on the iOS app.
With the coupon code “MELON50” you can get recurring 50% discount from TorGuard. After the discount, the $60 per year decreases to $30 per year.
$4.80 per month ($3.63 with discount)
I have used VPN.ac, the low-profile VPN service from Romania, for about a year, and I can surely say it was one of the most stable VPNs for Android. I mean in terms of not being blocked by the VPN blocking firewalls. VPN.ac offers XOR and ECC patches as the obfuscation protocols. Recently, the also added WireGuard. The pricing is also good with $0.80 per device a month, with 6 simultaneous connections. You can also watch streaming services like Netflix with VPN.ac.
The only drawback of VPN.ac is that they log your real IP address.
VPN.ac September 2020 update:
VPN.ac failed my last tests, and right now VPN.ac cannot bypass the firewall in my country.
With the coupon code “TRIALOFF” you can get recurring 25% discount from VPN.ac. After the discount, the $58 per year decreases to $43.5 per year.
My best stealth VPN picks for Windows and Mac
I would like to add a couple of alternatives.
$3.75 per month
AirVPN is one of the most privacy friendly VPN services out there. It has a solid no-logs policy and is located in Italy. The VPN service offers two different “stealth” protocols: OpenVPN+SSL Tunnel and OpenVPN+SSH Tunnel.
$4.83 per month
The best stealth VPNs and honorable mentions
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