10 Secret Chinese VPN Companies You Should Know About
Secrets about a VPNs origin are only beneficial to the VPN service and detrimental to users who expect complete transparency. This article dwells on ten VPN companies with secret links to China.
Chinese Companies That Secretly Own VPNs
With its autocratic style, the Chinese government influences every company that originates from China. They have a strict policy regarding VPNs, and VPN owners need a license to operate in China. VPN applications are also not available on the Chinese Android and iOS application stores (Google Play Store and Apple Store). With this in mind, it is not abnormal to suspect any VPN originating from China to be a surveillance tool for the Chinese government, and such a company will likely not keep its promise of privacy.
We have discovered that there are VPN companies with secret links to China. These companies are not fully transparent about their origin, and that is a huge red flag. Also, considering that most of these companies offer free VPN services, it is highly likely that you cannot trust them to protect your data. Free VPNs and China is a combination that VPN users should do well to avoid. Let’s take a look at some of these secret Chinese VPN services.
Turbo VPN has more than a hundred million installs on Google Play Store. Its developer on the Play Store is Innovative Connecting, which owns multiple mobile VPN applications, including VPN Proxy Master. Innovative Connecting is also called ALL Connected Co. and is linked to two other companies: Lemon Clove and Autumn Breeze.
2. VPN Proxy Master
With over 35 million downloads across Play Store and Apple Store, VPN Proxy Master is also linked to SnapVPN and TurboVPN. There is no transparency about how close these companies are, which is scary. For example, VPN Proxy Master is developed by ALL Connected but offers email support through the same domain as Turbo VPN.
3. Snap VPN
Snap VPN has over ten million downloads on Play Store. Besides having Chinese directors (Li Chenguang and Sun Kaixuan) with connections to mainland China, it is also Singapore-based, like VPN Proxy Master and TurboVPN. These three VPNs share a connection in one way or the other. Indications point to the theory that Autumn Breeze, Lemon Clove, ALL Connected, and Innovative Connecting are the same. Aside from that, nothing they do can erase their connection to mainland China.
5. Thunder VPN
Thunder VPN has been downloaded more than ten million times on Google Play Store. You will see that Signal Lab is the developer for Thunder VPN if you check on Google Play Store. Signal Lab is also associated with Secure VPN. There is no information on who owns this company or their location. It has only a single page on its website and no information on contacting them or reaching out to support.
6. Secure VPN
Neonetworks Solutions Ltd, which has its office in Hong Kong, is the company behind Vpnify. This company has no website, but we discovered its sole director is Chinese (Yin Yu). However, you cannot find that information on its website. Vpnify’s parent company has no history except its registration in Hong Kong in 2019.
8. Sky VPN
9. Sec VPN
10. VPN Tomato
These companies have one thing in common; they all lack transparency. A VPN company with links to China is not as severe as one that tries to hide those links. As we said earlier, if VPN users cannot trust that a VPN company will keep their data safe, they should stay away from such companies. These companies have proven they are not trustworthy, and you should be careful not to use their VPN applications.