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5 Best VPNs when using Tor – Browse Anonymously by Using a VPN With Tor

Douglas Crawford

Douglas Crawford

July 26, 2018

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Some VPN providers offer a VPN + Tor feature. In this article, I discuss how such features work and what the implications of using them are.

Top VPNs to use with Tor

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

19 countries

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

250

Simultaneous connections:

5

Average Speed:

0 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

This Italian provider offers among the best security and anti-censorship technology available on the web, allowing both SSH and SSL tunneling to evade government blocks. Add in no logs, some of the strongest encryption around, and a Windows, Mac OSX and Linux client with built-in DNS leak protection and kill switch, and AirVPN should be on the top of every privacy fanatic’s wish list.

In keeping with its usual technical excellence, AirVPN is one of the only two VPN providers I know of to offer VPN through Tor (plus it provides instructions for connecting Tor through VPN using the Tor Browser). The main problem with AirVPN is that its service is definitely aimed at techies, which despite initial interest does appear to put many of our readers off.

Additional features: Real-time user and server statistics, VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels, very reliable, open source client with internet kill switch and DNS leak protection, 3-day free trial, dynamic port forwarding, 3 simultaneous connections

Pros

  • No logs at all

  • VPN through Tor

  • Transparent service

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • P2P: yes

Cons

  • Techiness does put people off

  • Customer support could be better

  • Limited number of servers worldwide

Jurisdiction
Italy
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Yes
Total servers
250
Countries
19
Simultaneous connections
5
Bare metal or virtual servers
Bare metal
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: No
L2TP/IPsec: No
SSTP: No
IKEv2: No
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
No
iPlayer
No
Free trial
Yes - 3 days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
No
Money-back Guarantee
No
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
0 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
0 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
8.4
Price
9.1
Features
8.9
Customer Service
9.1
Speed
8.7
Reliability
2016-08-11 15:03:12

Jochen

Nice review Douglas, I'm another of those totally satisfied customers (using it for 1 year, just renewed for another one). But yes, it is definitely for the more tech-savy crowd, nothing you point your mother at and just say "use that" 😉 Two issues can get really frustrating the mentioned DNS problem when Eddy crashes, which they really should just give a prominent posting at their website as I needed some hours to find the root of the problem and resolve it. The other problem (general VPN problem not AirVPN related) is what I'll call the MTU-Problem. I was at my mothers home who uses Unitymedia cable as a provider and I just couldn't get a stable VPN connection, it worked for a short time and then just failing to transfer anything and sometimes even taking the router with it so I had to reset the router. That took me a lot of time resolving including reading a lot of VPN documentation and all sorts of partially related hints, postings,... You have to lower the maximum MTU-size then it works (eg link-mtu=1300 in the openVPN manual settings). Still don't fully understood how to calculate the optimum MTU-size but playing around with the size should get you a working connection. If I sometimes decide to delve really deep into this topic and finally really understand the parameters (there is the fragment parameter to set and the correct mss-size to get the optimal throughput) then I really have to write a FAQ on this as there is not one easy explanation on the Web. But this is NOT an AirVPN problem, this is related to the provider! So, sorry for the long entry, just wanted to help other people having this problem, as I had big problems finding the cause and solution (and I'm very good at searching the web). Jochen PS: Just adding this for Search Engines to find it, remove if unwanted: Unitymedia VPN problems disconnection
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2016-03-20 02:44:58

K

A quick follow-up regarding AirVPN. It appears one of the main founders of AivVPN is Mr. Paolo Brini. He is also a spokesperson for ScambioEtico, an Italian group that campaigns for civil liberties and copyright reform. This bit of info fills in, for me, the statement on AirVPN's website that: "Air VPN was originally founded in 2010, by a group of ‘hacktivists’ and lawyers, both of which were willing to donate their time to a cause that they believed in. The AirVPN system was originally created for the Pirate Party festival in Rome, which shows just how involved they are in the pro-privacy and anonymity scene." This gives me additional confidence and comfort in using AirVPN. Thank you Mr. Brini.
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2016-03-11 18:14:54

K

.ne of the interesting and recurring questions that comes up in the 15 years I've been using vpns is how can you decide which ones to trust? Are there some sort of "inside" forums or IRC channels where 'those who know" know who runs various vpns? A simple statement on a vpn's website of their good intentions really isn't worth its screen space. For example Perfect Privacy, which provides a very good quality vpn service with easy triple hopping would seem to be a trustworthy operation based on their statement that they are a group of "privacy advocates". Until you find out that this group of "privacy advocates" is founded and run by serious neo-Nazis. It seems very hard to determine who is actually behind many of the vpns so you could make a best judgement about their likely trustworthiness. Are there any recognized persons respected in the privacy community that vouch for particular vpns? (similar in principle to reviewing public encryption code). There ought to be. Does EFF for example vouch for the bona fides of any vpns? I would like to hear some trusted person vouch for AirVPN for example. I've found it very hard to find out anything about who is behind Air, just as it was hard to find out who was behind Perfect Privacy. It would seem nearly dereliction of duty for TLOs not to be operating some vpn honey pots, but how would you identify them? Without some kind of a web of trust, choosing a vpn is nothing more than a crap shoot.
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2016-03-09 01:44:12

K

Hi, Douglas I have to agree with all the previous posters that your review is excellent and IMHO, spot on! I've been using Air for about a year, it's the 5th vpn I've used in the last 15 years. The functionality is superb and, as you said, it's actually very easy (and reliable) to use. But, as again you put very nicely, the sort of icy ubertech can be at times frustrating. And I'm pretty tech savvy. At the moment I'm felling frustrated that some forum posts there were blocked because they weren't sufficiently tech focused. God forbid you should talk about the political environment of privacy. Well, with Air it seems warm n fuzzy isn't an option, you have to be satisfied with technical expertise par excellence. Which is what I've chosen by re-upping. As a future improvement to their service I would really like to see them add selectable multihop to Eddie. But they don't seem well disposed to considering suggestions. Perhaps it's just as well that they remain a smaller niche provider...increasing size often deteriorates quality. It does worry me that the group and all its severs (but one) are located in 15 Eyes countries. It would be comforting to be able to multihop (easily) through non-cooperating political jurisdictions. Cheers.
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2016-03-10 19:59:08

Dave

How much processing power would you recommend for the additional layer of SSL? I was thinking of buying the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter with 1 GHz.
2016-03-20 20:07:35

coen

Perfect working! Installation full automatic, nice working on my iMac.
2016-04-18 12:49:48

Marco

Hello Douglas, can you explain why Italy is not an ideal loc? Cause I'm from Italy and I'm looking for a vpn to use here. Specifically, I work in an italian university, so the athenaeum network managing office assigned an IP to me, but I know they can (and probabily do) monitoring my traffic. Can you tell me if a vpn can allow me to safety dl with utorrent even in this circumstance and are there specific risks using an italian based vpn in Italy? Thanks
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2016-03-27 16:29:16

Dario

Worst service ever! I was happily signed in the web site and then i decide to log out. Then i was not able to sign in again! I asked for a password reset and after several trials i finally decided to change the password to the most difficult one: 1111. NOTHING, always the same message: "username or password incorrect" They do not support anything else than OpenVPN. I wander why everyone is surprised by the fact that many potential users seem to be put off by AirVPN. Only few top routers support this protocol, and even less xDSL modem router do. Thank God i was smart enough to spend only 7 Euros in this junk.
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VPN Stats

Servers locations:

19

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

250

Simultaneous connections:

5

Average Speed

0 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

This Italian provider offers among the best security and anti-censorship technology available on the web, allowing both SSH and SSL tunneling to evade government blocks. Add in no logs, some of the strongest encryption around, and a Windows, Mac OSX and Linux client with built-in DNS leak protection and kill switch, and AirVPN should be on the top of every privacy fanatic’s wish list.

In keeping with its usual technical excellence, AirVPN is one of the only two VPN providers I know of to offer VPN through Tor (plus it provides instructions for connecting Tor through VPN using the Tor Browser). The main problem with AirVPN is that its service is definitely aimed at techies, which despite initial interest does appear to put many of our readers off.

Additional features: Real-time user and server statistics, VPN through SSL and SSH tunnels, very reliable, open source client with internet kill switch and DNS leak protection, 3-day free trial, dynamic port forwarding, 3 simultaneous connections
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  • No logs at all

  • VPN through Tor

  • Transparent service

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • P2P: yes

  • Techiness does put people off

  • Customer support could be better

  • Limited number of servers worldwide

Jurisdiction
Italy
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Yes
Total servers
250
Countries
19
Simultaneous connections
5
Bare metal or virtual servers
Bare metal
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: No
L2TP/IPsec: No
SSTP: No
IKEv2: No
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
No
iPlayer
No
Free trial
Yes - 3 days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
No
Money-back Guarantee
No
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
0 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
0 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
8.4
Price
9.1
Features
8.9
Customer Service
9.1
Speed
8.7
Reliability

Jochen

Nice review Douglas, I'm another of those totally satisfied customers (using it for 1 year, just renewed for another one). But yes, it is definitely for the more tech-savy crowd, nothing you point your mother at and just say "use that" 😉 Two issues can get really frustrating the mentioned DNS problem when Eddy crashes, which they really should just give a prominent posting at their website as I needed some hours to find the root of the problem and resolve it. The other problem (general VPN problem not AirVPN related) is what I'll call the MTU-Problem. I was at my mothers home who uses Unitymedia cable as a provider and I just couldn't get a stable VPN connection, it worked for a short time and then just failing to transfer anything and sometimes even taking the router with it so I had to reset the router. That took me a lot of time resolving including reading a lot of VPN documentation and all sorts of partially related hints, postings,... You have to lower the maximum MTU-size then it works (eg link-mtu=1300 in the openVPN manual settings). Still don't fully understood how to calculate the optimum MTU-size but playing around with the size should get you a working connection. If I sometimes decide to delve really deep into this topic and finally really understand the parameters (there is the fragment parameter to set and the correct mss-size to get the optimal throughput) then I really have to write a FAQ on this as there is not one easy explanation on the Web. But this is NOT an AirVPN problem, this is related to the provider! So, sorry for the long entry, just wanted to help other people having this problem, as I had big problems finding the cause and solution (and I'm very good at searching the web). Jochen PS: Just adding this for Search Engines to find it, remove if unwanted: Unitymedia VPN problems disconnection
Read More

K

A quick follow-up regarding AirVPN. It appears one of the main founders of AivVPN is Mr. Paolo Brini. He is also a spokesperson for ScambioEtico, an Italian group that campaigns for civil liberties and copyright reform. This bit of info fills in, for me, the statement on AirVPN's website that: "Air VPN was originally founded in 2010, by a group of ‘hacktivists’ and lawyers, both of which were willing to donate their time to a cause that they believed in. The AirVPN system was originally created for the Pirate Party festival in Rome, which shows just how involved they are in the pro-privacy and anonymity scene." This gives me additional confidence and comfort in using AirVPN. Thank you Mr. Brini.
Read More

K

.ne of the interesting and recurring questions that comes up in the 15 years I've been using vpns is how can you decide which ones to trust? Are there some sort of "inside" forums or IRC channels where 'those who know" know who runs various vpns? A simple statement on a vpn's website of their good intentions really isn't worth its screen space. For example Perfect Privacy, which provides a very good quality vpn service with easy triple hopping would seem to be a trustworthy operation based on their statement that they are a group of "privacy advocates". Until you find out that this group of "privacy advocates" is founded and run by serious neo-Nazis. It seems very hard to determine who is actually behind many of the vpns so you could make a best judgement about their likely trustworthiness. Are there any recognized persons respected in the privacy community that vouch for particular vpns? (similar in principle to reviewing public encryption code). There ought to be. Does EFF for example vouch for the bona fides of any vpns? I would like to hear some trusted person vouch for AirVPN for example. I've found it very hard to find out anything about who is behind Air, just as it was hard to find out who was behind Perfect Privacy. It would seem nearly dereliction of duty for TLOs not to be operating some vpn honey pots, but how would you identify them? Without some kind of a web of trust, choosing a vpn is nothing more than a crap shoot.
Read More

K

Hi, Douglas I have to agree with all the previous posters that your review is excellent and IMHO, spot on! I've been using Air for about a year, it's the 5th vpn I've used in the last 15 years. The functionality is superb and, as you said, it's actually very easy (and reliable) to use. But, as again you put very nicely, the sort of icy ubertech can be at times frustrating. And I'm pretty tech savvy. At the moment I'm felling frustrated that some forum posts there were blocked because they weren't sufficiently tech focused. God forbid you should talk about the political environment of privacy. Well, with Air it seems warm n fuzzy isn't an option, you have to be satisfied with technical expertise par excellence. Which is what I've chosen by re-upping. As a future improvement to their service I would really like to see them add selectable multihop to Eddie. But they don't seem well disposed to considering suggestions. Perhaps it's just as well that they remain a smaller niche provider...increasing size often deteriorates quality. It does worry me that the group and all its severs (but one) are located in 15 Eyes countries. It would be comforting to be able to multihop (easily) through non-cooperating political jurisdictions. Cheers.
Read More

Dave

How much processing power would you recommend for the additional layer of SSL? I was thinking of buying the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk DD-WRT FlashRouter with 1 GHz.

coen

Perfect working! Installation full automatic, nice working on my iMac.

Marco

Hello Douglas, can you explain why Italy is not an ideal loc? Cause I'm from Italy and I'm looking for a vpn to use here. Specifically, I work in an italian university, so the athenaeum network managing office assigned an IP to me, but I know they can (and probabily do) monitoring my traffic. Can you tell me if a vpn can allow me to safety dl with utorrent even in this circumstance and are there specific risks using an italian based vpn in Italy? Thanks
Read More

Dario

Worst service ever! I was happily signed in the web site and then i decide to log out. Then i was not able to sign in again! I asked for a password reset and after several trials i finally decided to change the password to the most difficult one: 1111. NOTHING, always the same message: "username or password incorrect" They do not support anything else than OpenVPN. I wander why everyone is surprised by the fact that many potential users seem to be put off by AirVPN. Only few top routers support this protocol, and even less xDSL modem router do. Thank God i was smart enough to spend only 7 Euros in this junk.
Read More

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

62 countries

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

4568

Simultaneous connections:

6

Average Speed:

55.12 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

4: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android

Our Thoughts

Based in Panama, NordVPN has a ‘no logs at all’ policy, uses strong encryption, and accepts anonymous payment using Bitcoin. It also supports Tor through VPN via one of its OpenVPN configuration file. The main advantage of this over simply using the Tor browser with the VPN connected is that all your internet traffic is routed Tor through VPN rather than just that of the Tor Browser.

Although it scores very well in terms of privacy and security, NordVPN is somewhat let down by poor speed performance, which is a shame, as it is otherwise a very good service.

Pros

  • No logs

  • Based in Panama

  • Accepts Bitcoin payment

  • Tor over VPN

  • 2 simultaneous connections

Cons

  • Can be very slow

Jurisdiction
Panama
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Yes
Total servers
4568
Countries
62
Simultaneous connections
6
Bare metal or virtual servers
Combination
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
No
Port selection
No
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: Yes
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
Yes
iPlayer
Yes
Free trial
Yes - 3 Days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
Yes
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
200.59 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
55.12 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
9.7
Price
9.6
Features
9.5
Customer Service
9.4
Speed
9.5
Reliability
2018-03-29 09:54:51

Marjorie

I 100% agree with your award to their customer support. They were so friendly and giving clear steps how take all needed tests and set up my router which I found quite difficult (I got scared seeing all those terms that I did not know in my router set up section) but NordVPN people were so nice and patient.
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2018-03-12 13:25:15

Aaren Lynn

I'm pretty new to VPN world so I am not so good at recognizing what can be expected from different providers but NordVPN suits my current needs. The set up was easy and quick. I was ready to connect in no time. Some issues that I had regarding the speed were resolved by their support in a single chat.
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2018-03-05 14:17:26

Fisherman

NordVPN works great. A lot servers work with p2p, lots of servers to choose from in general. Had to make a slight adjustment to my set up to view Netflix, but my experience with customer support was very delightful. 5 stars - hope that they keep this quality for all 3 years I have left of their service.
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2018-03-01 15:03:28

Sophie Gibson

I am a long time user, but have never before shown my appreciation for the service properly. It sure does make me feel safe online, and I guess that is what matters the most - if you trust your service. During these 2 years I have been in contact with customer support a few times and their care and knowledge made me feel at ease even if I was worried. The fact that new app updates and whole new features are being published so often proves that NordVPN is serious about their commitment to their customers.
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2018-02-26 15:24:22

Polo

I wish I found NordVPN sooner, although perhaps it wasn't as good as it is now. But as of now it is a superb company with high speed (only 15% percent loss when connecting to a server half a world away).
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2018-02-07 13:44:18

Daryl Smith

Bought it last week, must say I am pretty happy. Of course it is my first VPN, but after getting in contact with customer support I am quite sure I am here to stay - their technical expertise is simply mind blowing, right now I am convinced they could set up VPN on my toaster if I wanted, the only question I have is will it work with IKEv2 or only PPTP!
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2018-01-19 11:44:16

Or

I'm a new NordVPN user. After years of dealing with another VPN provider customer support for many issues, I was very impressed with the short time it took to respond to my questions for NordVPN. Customer care is just excellent, and can't say anything bad about speed - it's just a few percent decrease.
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2018-01-10 15:45:45

Yolo

Plenty of servers and usually I get good speeds. No real problems yet. NordVPN works as advertised. Getting it set up and working on my iPhone, iPad and macbook was extremely simple and easy
2018-01-03 11:18:33

Keepercent

I can say that I have not noticed any meaningful performance degradation at all with NordVPN and its nice to have the added security. I use it on my iphone as well (up to 6 devices). The only downside is that some sites will detect that you are on a different PC each time you log in (like financial sites) so you have to go through additional verification. This is due to the IP address rotation. I definitely recommend NordVPN
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VPN Stats

Servers locations:

62

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

4568

Simultaneous connections:

6

Average Speed

55.12 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

4: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android

Our Thoughts

Based in Panama, NordVPN has a ‘no logs at all’ policy, uses strong encryption, and accepts anonymous payment using Bitcoin. It also supports Tor through VPN via one of its OpenVPN configuration file. The main advantage of this over simply using the Tor browser with the VPN connected is that all your internet traffic is routed Tor through VPN rather than just that of the Tor Browser.

Although it scores very well in terms of privacy and security, NordVPN is somewhat let down by poor speed performance, which is a shame, as it is otherwise a very good service.
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  • No logs

  • Based in Panama

  • Accepts Bitcoin payment

  • Tor over VPN

  • 2 simultaneous connections

  • Can be very slow

Jurisdiction
Panama
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Yes
Total servers
4568
Countries
62
Simultaneous connections
6
Bare metal or virtual servers
Combination
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
No
Port selection
No
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: Yes
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
Yes
iPlayer
Yes
Free trial
Yes - 3 Days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
Yes
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
200.59 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
55.12 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
9.7
Price
9.6
Features
9.5
Customer Service
9.4
Speed
9.5
Reliability

Marjorie

I 100% agree with your award to their customer support. They were so friendly and giving clear steps how take all needed tests and set up my router which I found quite difficult (I got scared seeing all those terms that I did not know in my router set up section) but NordVPN people were so nice and patient.
Read More

Aaren Lynn

I'm pretty new to VPN world so I am not so good at recognizing what can be expected from different providers but NordVPN suits my current needs. The set up was easy and quick. I was ready to connect in no time. Some issues that I had regarding the speed were resolved by their support in a single chat.
Read More

Fisherman

NordVPN works great. A lot servers work with p2p, lots of servers to choose from in general. Had to make a slight adjustment to my set up to view Netflix, but my experience with customer support was very delightful. 5 stars - hope that they keep this quality for all 3 years I have left of their service.
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Sophie Gibson

I am a long time user, but have never before shown my appreciation for the service properly. It sure does make me feel safe online, and I guess that is what matters the most - if you trust your service. During these 2 years I have been in contact with customer support a few times and their care and knowledge made me feel at ease even if I was worried. The fact that new app updates and whole new features are being published so often proves that NordVPN is serious about their commitment to their customers.
Read More

Polo

I wish I found NordVPN sooner, although perhaps it wasn't as good as it is now. But as of now it is a superb company with high speed (only 15% percent loss when connecting to a server half a world away).
Read More

Daryl Smith

Bought it last week, must say I am pretty happy. Of course it is my first VPN, but after getting in contact with customer support I am quite sure I am here to stay - their technical expertise is simply mind blowing, right now I am convinced they could set up VPN on my toaster if I wanted, the only question I have is will it work with IKEv2 or only PPTP!
Read More

Or

I'm a new NordVPN user. After years of dealing with another VPN provider customer support for many issues, I was very impressed with the short time it took to respond to my questions for NordVPN. Customer care is just excellent, and can't say anything bad about speed - it's just a few percent decrease.
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Yolo

Plenty of servers and usually I get good speeds. No real problems yet. NordVPN works as advertised. Getting it set up and working on my iPhone, iPad and macbook was extremely simple and easy

Keepercent

I can say that I have not noticed any meaningful performance degradation at all with NordVPN and its nice to have the added security. I use it on my iphone as well (up to 6 devices). The only downside is that some sites will detect that you are on a different PC each time you log in (like financial sites) so you have to go through additional verification. This is due to the IP address rotation. I definitely recommend NordVPN
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VPN Stats

Servers locations:

60 countries

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

100

Simultaneous connections:

6

Average Speed:

48.93 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

PrivateVPN features both a firewall-based system kill switch and a per-app kill switch, which pretty neat. and IPv6 DNS leak protection is also built-in to its client.



Like AirVPN, PrivateVPN offers VPN over Tor, allowing for true anonymity while online. Unlike AirVPN, though, this functionality is not built into the client and requires some manual configuration.

We have been particularly impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes! Up to a generous 6 simultaneous devices are permitted, and port forwarding plus HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.

With a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, why not give PrivateVPN a try?

Pros

  • VPN through Tor

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

  • Full DNS leak protection

  • 6 simultaneous connections

  • Excellent mobile apps

Cons

  • No much

Jurisdiction
Sweden
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Proxy
Total servers
100
Countries
60
Simultaneous connections
6
Bare metal or virtual servers
A combination
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: Yes
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: IPSec, Shadowsocks
Netflix
Yes
iPlayer
Yes
Free trial
Yes - 7 days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
Yes
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
111.52 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
48.93 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
9.2
Price
9.5
Features
9.6
Customer Service
9.4
Speed
9.4
Reliability
2018-06-10 10:08:19

Paul

I've been using PrivateVPN for a couple of months now, switched from PIA who's port forwarding didn't ever seem to work and their support took ages to reply and weren't much help. The support for PrivateVPN has been excellent, and their LiveChat means I get help if I need it when I need it not days late and the Speeds are excellent too - I can't see me needing to change providers again
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2018-05-01 07:21:57

Andreas

PrivateVPN funktioniert, dank einem sehr guten Support , sehr gut.
2018-04-24 08:18:30

Federico Costa

This is my first vpn service and it is working great. I have contacted the support a couple of times and every time I've received super fast and useful response. I am very happy to have choose this company.
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2018-04-19 18:48:26

Sébastien Roy

I love it. I first asked questions about their killswitch and got my answers within 1 hour. I bought their product and it is waaaayyy better than the previous one I had... AT THE SAME PRICE!!! Very stable, user friendly... thanks!
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2018-04-07 06:39:12

Christopher

Thank you Kevin and Manish for patiently handling my case. I would recommend Private VPN for its excellent customer service, good pricing and easy use.
2018-03-27 00:16:01

Mike

The product works well but the service makes it that much better. Would recommend to anyone looking for a VPN. They gave me a trial subscription with no issues and the product does exactly what I want it to do.
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2017-08-28 11:55:29

R.A.

The service is impeccable in itself, with myriads of supported operating systems, both with their own custom client and with free and open source clients. What really stands out however is the level of support they offer. Not only do they help you solve the problem and answer the questions you have, but they do it at all hours of any day - day or night, Sundays and weekdays, even holidays - you name it. I've never waited more than a couple of hours to get help, even when I've contacted them way past bedtime.
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2017-08-03 20:42:19

Bill Boss

I tested many VPN clients and this one is the best so far. And the customer service is very responsive, fast to reply and efficient. Kudos.
2017-06-06 12:10:18

Jesper

I have used Private VPN for many years, and have always been satisfied. Speed is great, usability simple. Great flexibility in allowing to connect to the country you want. Good options for auto-connect/disconnect. The service has been excellent and uptime superb.
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3 month

$4.50

/ month

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Best Value

12 month

$7.12

$2.73

/ month

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1 month

$7.12

/ month

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VPN Stats

Servers locations:

60

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

100

Simultaneous connections:

6

Average Speed

48.93 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

PrivateVPN features both a firewall-based system kill switch and a per-app kill switch, which pretty neat. and IPv6 DNS leak protection is also built-in to its client.



Like AirVPN, PrivateVPN offers VPN over Tor, allowing for true anonymity while online. Unlike AirVPN, though, this functionality is not built into the client and requires some manual configuration.

We have been particularly impressed by PrivateVPN’s high level of customer service, which even features remote installation for technophobes! Up to a generous 6 simultaneous devices are permitted, and port forwarding plus HTTPS and SOCKS5 proxies are a nice bonus.

With a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee, why not give PrivateVPN a try?
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  • VPN through Tor

  • 30-day money-back guarantee

  • Full DNS leak protection

  • 6 simultaneous connections

  • Excellent mobile apps

  • No much

Jurisdiction
Sweden
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Proxy
Total servers
100
Countries
60
Simultaneous connections
6
Bare metal or virtual servers
A combination
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: Yes
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: IPSec, Shadowsocks
Netflix
Yes
iPlayer
Yes
Free trial
Yes - 7 days
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
Yes
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
111.52 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
48.93 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
9.2
Price
9.5
Features
9.6
Customer Service
9.4
Speed
9.4
Reliability

Paul

I've been using PrivateVPN for a couple of months now, switched from PIA who's port forwarding didn't ever seem to work and their support took ages to reply and weren't much help. The support for PrivateVPN has been excellent, and their LiveChat means I get help if I need it when I need it not days late and the Speeds are excellent too - I can't see me needing to change providers again
Read More

Andreas

PrivateVPN funktioniert, dank einem sehr guten Support , sehr gut.

Federico Costa

This is my first vpn service and it is working great. I have contacted the support a couple of times and every time I've received super fast and useful response. I am very happy to have choose this company.
Read More

Sébastien Roy

I love it. I first asked questions about their killswitch and got my answers within 1 hour. I bought their product and it is waaaayyy better than the previous one I had... AT THE SAME PRICE!!! Very stable, user friendly... thanks!
Read More

Christopher

Thank you Kevin and Manish for patiently handling my case. I would recommend Private VPN for its excellent customer service, good pricing and easy use.

Mike

The product works well but the service makes it that much better. Would recommend to anyone looking for a VPN. They gave me a trial subscription with no issues and the product does exactly what I want it to do.
Read More

R.A.

The service is impeccable in itself, with myriads of supported operating systems, both with their own custom client and with free and open source clients. What really stands out however is the level of support they offer. Not only do they help you solve the problem and answer the questions you have, but they do it at all hours of any day - day or night, Sundays and weekdays, even holidays - you name it. I've never waited more than a couple of hours to get help, even when I've contacted them way past bedtime.
Read More

Bill Boss

I tested many VPN clients and this one is the best so far. And the customer service is very responsive, fast to reply and efficient. Kudos.

Jesper

I have used Private VPN for many years, and have always been satisfied. Speed is great, usability simple. Great flexibility in allowing to connect to the country you want. Good options for auto-connect/disconnect. The service has been excellent and uptime superb.
Read More

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

32 countries

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

3500

Simultaneous connections:

5

Average Speed:

48.43 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

PIA is based in the US, so is not a provider for the more NSA-phobic out there. However, it keeps no logs, which is a claim that it has proven in court ! It is not common to have such definite proof that the VPN does what it says it does when it comes to logs, so well done PIA!

And although optional, its security can be first rate. Its desktop software supports multiple security options, a VPN kill switch, DNS leak protection, and port forwarding.

Up to 5 simultaneous connections are permitted. Its Android client is almost as good, and PIA boasts excellent connection speeds. We should, however, note that Apple users seem to have a less positive view of this service.

PIA does not specifically support Tor, but it is an excellent service, and using Tor Browser with the VPN connection is more secure than most of the dedicated Tor solutions offered by other VPNs, anyway.

Pros

  • No logs – proven in court!

  • Cheap

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • Great OpenVPN encryption

  • Client features kill switch and DNS leak protection

Cons

  • No free trial or money back guarantee

  • US-based company

  • Apple users not so impressed

Jurisdiction
USA
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Proxy
Total servers
3500
Countries
32
Simultaneous connections
5
Bare metal or virtual servers
Bare metal
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: No
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: Cisco iPsec
Netflix
No
iPlayer
No
Free trial
No
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
No
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
195.5 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
48.43 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
7.2
Price
5.7
Features
3.9
Customer Service
5.5
Speed
5.4
Reliability
2016-05-18 10:54:35

Dimitri M

Leave your feelings on PIA here.
2017-11-11 17:35:27

Steve D

I'm in the UK and have tried many VPNs. I find PIA not only meets all my needs but the speeds I get are excellent (5% down on my 200mbps when not on VPN). I don't have any comments relating to support because I've never had to use it but I'm willing to accept the comments of others are true and accurate. As a package I can rate PIA only as I find it and that's pretty good.
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2016-08-15 14:21:33

nickolas

Excellent security no dns or webrtc leaks, some fast servers, some slow, very good price for 1 year.
2016-12-20 00:54:29

M

Since PIA has their own internal mail, they are getting the mail but aren't replying ... being the biggest provider I thought their service would be better ..
2017-07-23 01:56:49

Gordon

I have been a PIA user for years (main reason for staying was the price and features but with all the new entrants it is getting less noteworthy). My biggest gripe is that the customer support is rather terrible. If you ask them anything technical they repeat the same questions and don't appear to read your replies (seem to be following the "support script" asking for extraneous info). I usually figure out the issue myself after wondering why I even bothered to contact them in the first place. The online ticket system doesn't work for me for some reason so I've always had to contact them by email. On the plus side the reliability is pretty high with only the rare drop. Also I like that you can setup various levels of security from strong (256bit AES) to weak (PPTP). Privacy also appears to be very high. I'm going to start shopping around for a new provider though, to see if I can get higher speeds (only get ~30Mbps on a Gig connection with OpenVPN) and better support.
Read More
2017-09-14 08:56:26

David Ireland

Useless. It was fine for a long time but no longer - the reviewer is out-of-date. Their customer service/response is non-existent and it can no longer be used to access Sky, BBC and the like from overseas. If you check their IP addresses for the two UK server locations in London and Southampton you will see that only the last 2 digits change each time so for someone like BBC they just block all IP addresses using the first three unchanging sets of numbers.
Read More
2017-07-01 09:10:44

Dan Sysco

Their support is non-existent. There's no phone support and no chat; you must submit a ticket thru their system. When you submit a ticket, there is a notice that they are experiencing a high load of support requests and will answer you when they come to you in the queue. This notice has been there for months. I needed help and waited over two weeks for them to get back to me. I had solved the problem by then with help from others on the internet. I guess that is what they want--just don't bother their one tech support guy with your little problem. I've spent my last dime with them and will find another provider when my subscription runs out.
Read More
2017-05-18 19:25:24

Marco

Really poor support: when things do not work they do not respond to emails. They once had a live chat. Now they offer to open a 'ticket' but nobody does respond and they leave you in trouble. They do not care about their paying customers and their issues: better look somewhere else
Read More
2016-12-31 04:42:49

DD

For many of the same reasons I have just cancelled my PIA account, am now using Avira. The Australian Government has forced ISP's to block certain sites, as a trial I went to these sites while using PIA and got an online notice tat the site had been blocked. It appears that there is no privacy using PIA.
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12 month

$3.33

/ month

Visit Site
-58%

Best Value

24 month

$6.95

$2.91

/ month

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1 month

$6.95

/ month

Visit Site

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

32

Allows torrenting:

Yes

Total servers:

3500

Simultaneous connections:

5

Average Speed

48.43 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

5: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux

Our Thoughts

PIA is based in the US, so is not a provider for the more NSA-phobic out there. However, it keeps no logs, which is a claim that it has proven in court ! It is not common to have such definite proof that the VPN does what it says it does when it comes to logs, so well done PIA!

And although optional, its security can be first rate. Its desktop software supports multiple security options, a VPN kill switch, DNS leak protection, and port forwarding.


Up to 5 simultaneous connections are permitted. Its Android client is almost as good, and PIA boasts excellent connection speeds. We should, however, note that Apple users seem to have a less positive view of this service.

PIA does not specifically support Tor, but it is an excellent service, and using Tor Browser with the VPN connection is more secure than most of the dedicated Tor solutions offered by other VPNs, anyway.
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  • No logs – proven in court!

  • Cheap

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • Great OpenVPN encryption

  • Client features kill switch and DNS leak protection

  • No free trial or money back guarantee

  • US-based company

  • Apple users not so impressed

Jurisdiction
USA
Logs Traffic
No
Logs Connections
No
Logs Timestamps
No
Logs Bandwidth
No
Logs IP Address
No
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
No
Kill Switch
Yes
Obfuscation (stealth)
Yes
DNS
Proxy
Total servers
3500
Countries
32
Simultaneous connections
5
Bare metal or virtual servers
Bare metal
Router Support
Yes
Allows torrenting
Yes
Port forwarding
Yes
Port selection
Yes
Protocols offered:
PPTP: Yes
L2TP/IPsec: Yes
SSTP: No
IKEv2: No
OpenVPN: Yes
Other protocols: Cisco iPsec
Netflix
No
iPlayer
No
Free trial
No
24-hour support
Yes
Live chat support
No
Money-back Guarantee
Yes
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
195.5 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
48.43 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
No
WebRTC leak detected?
No
7.2
Price
5.7
Features
3.9
Customer Service
5.5
Speed
5.4
Reliability

Dimitri M

Leave your feelings on PIA here.

Steve D

I'm in the UK and have tried many VPNs. I find PIA not only meets all my needs but the speeds I get are excellent (5% down on my 200mbps when not on VPN). I don't have any comments relating to support because I've never had to use it but I'm willing to accept the comments of others are true and accurate. As a package I can rate PIA only as I find it and that's pretty good.
Read More

nickolas

Excellent security no dns or webrtc leaks, some fast servers, some slow, very good price for 1 year.

M

Since PIA has their own internal mail, they are getting the mail but aren't replying ... being the biggest provider I thought their service would be better ..

Gordon

I have been a PIA user for years (main reason for staying was the price and features but with all the new entrants it is getting less noteworthy). My biggest gripe is that the customer support is rather terrible. If you ask them anything technical they repeat the same questions and don't appear to read your replies (seem to be following the "support script" asking for extraneous info). I usually figure out the issue myself after wondering why I even bothered to contact them in the first place. The online ticket system doesn't work for me for some reason so I've always had to contact them by email. On the plus side the reliability is pretty high with only the rare drop. Also I like that you can setup various levels of security from strong (256bit AES) to weak (PPTP). Privacy also appears to be very high. I'm going to start shopping around for a new provider though, to see if I can get higher speeds (only get ~30Mbps on a Gig connection with OpenVPN) and better support.
Read More

David Ireland

Useless. It was fine for a long time but no longer - the reviewer is out-of-date. Their customer service/response is non-existent and it can no longer be used to access Sky, BBC and the like from overseas. If you check their IP addresses for the two UK server locations in London and Southampton you will see that only the last 2 digits change each time so for someone like BBC they just block all IP addresses using the first three unchanging sets of numbers.
Read More

Dan Sysco

Their support is non-existent. There's no phone support and no chat; you must submit a ticket thru their system. When you submit a ticket, there is a notice that they are experiencing a high load of support requests and will answer you when they come to you in the queue. This notice has been there for months. I needed help and waited over two weeks for them to get back to me. I had solved the problem by then with help from others on the internet. I guess that is what they want--just don't bother their one tech support guy with your little problem. I've spent my last dime with them and will find another provider when my subscription runs out.
Read More

Marco

Really poor support: when things do not work they do not respond to emails. They once had a live chat. Now they offer to open a 'ticket' but nobody does respond and they leave you in trouble. They do not care about their paying customers and their issues: better look somewhere else
Read More

DD

For many of the same reasons I have just cancelled my PIA account, am now using Avira. The Australian Government has forced ISP's to block certain sites, as a trial I went to these sites while using PIA and got an online notice tat the site had been blocked. It appears that there is no privacy using PIA.
Read More

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

N/A countries

Allows torrenting:

N/A

Total servers:

N/A

Simultaneous connections:

N/A

Average Speed:

0 Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

0:

Our Thoughts

This Czech-based provider is notable for being very wallet-friendly, but is otherwise fairly barebones (for example it has no custom desktop VPN client, although it does have a promising Android app with secure email and chat built-in). Privatoria’s speed performance is a little underwhelming, but it makes up for this somewhat by keeping no logs and accepting Bitcoin payments (and did I mention that it’s cheap!) Like NordVPN, Privatoria lets you route your entire internet connection Tor through VPN via an .ovpn configuration file.

Pros

  • No logs

  • Tor through VPN

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • Android app

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Slow

  • No custom desktop client

Jurisdiction
N/A
Logs Traffic
N/A
Logs Connections
N/A
Logs Timestamps
N/A
Logs Bandwidth
N/A
Logs IP Address
N/A
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
N/A
Kill Switch
N/A
Obfuscation (stealth)
N/A
DNS
N/A
Total servers
N/A
Countries
N/A
Simultaneous connections
N/A
Bare metal or virtual servers
N/A
Router Support
N/A
Allows torrenting
N/A
Port forwarding
N/A
Port selection
N/A
Protocols offered:
PPTP: N/A
L2TP/IPsec: N/A
SSTP: N/A
IKEv2: N/A
OpenVPN: N/A
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
N/A
iPlayer
N/A
Free trial
N/A
24-hour support
N/A
Live chat support
N/A
Money-back Guarantee
N/A
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
0 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
0 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
N/A
WebRTC leak detected?
N/A
N/A
Price
N/A
Features
N/A
Customer Service
N/A
Speed
N/A
Reliability

No comments

Best Value

1 month

$2.74

/ month

Visit Site

VPN Stats

Servers locations:

N/A

Allows torrenting:

N/A

Total servers:

N/A

Simultaneous connections:

N/A

Average Speed

N/A Mbit/s

Supported platforms:

0:

Our Thoughts

This Czech-based provider is notable for being very wallet-friendly, but is otherwise fairly barebones (for example it has no custom desktop VPN client, although it does have a promising Android app with secure email and chat built-in). Privatoria’s speed performance is a little underwhelming, but it makes up for this somewhat by keeping no logs and accepting Bitcoin payments (and did I mention that it’s cheap!) Like NordVPN, Privatoria lets you route your entire internet connection Tor through VPN via an .ovpn configuration file.Read More
  • No logs

  • Tor through VPN

  • Accepts Bitcoin

  • Android app

  • Cheap

  • Slow

  • No custom desktop client

Jurisdiction
N/A
Logs Traffic
N/A
Logs Connections
N/A
Logs Timestamps
N/A
Logs Bandwidth
N/A
Logs IP Address
N/A
Logs Aggregated or Anonymized Data
N/A
Kill Switch
N/A
Obfuscation (stealth)
N/A
DNS
N/A
Total servers
N/A
Countries
N/A
Simultaneous connections
N/A
Bare metal or virtual servers
N/A
Router Support
N/A
Allows torrenting
N/A
Port forwarding
N/A
Port selection
N/A
Protocols offered:
PPTP: N/A
L2TP/IPsec: N/A
SSTP: N/A
IKEv2: N/A
OpenVPN: N/A
Other protocols: N/A
Netflix
N/A
iPlayer
N/A
Free trial
N/A
24-hour support
N/A
Live chat support
N/A
Money-back Guarantee
N/A
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (max/burst)
0 Mbit/s
BestVPN.com SpeedTest (average)
0 Mbit/s
IPv4 leak detected?
N/A
WebRTC leak detected?
N/A
N/A
Price
N/A
Features
N/A
Customer Service
N/A
Speed
N/A
Reliability

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What is Tor?

The name Tor originated as an acronym for The Onion Router, and refers to the way in which data encryption is layered. When using Tor:

  • Your internet connection is routed through at least 3 random “nodes” (volunteer run servers)
  • These nodes can be located anywhere in the world
  • The data is re-encrypted multiple times (each time it passes through a node)
  • Each node is only aware of the IP addresses “in front” of it, and the IP address of the node “behind” it
  • This should mean that at no point can anyone know the whole path between your computer and the website you are trying to connect to (even if some nodes along the path nodes are controlled by malicious entities)

The real beauty of the Tor system is that you do not have to trust anyone. It is designed so that no-one can discover your true identity, and (if you connect to a secure website) no-one can access your data. For a detailed look at Tor, please check out our full Tor Review.

What are main differences between Tor and VPNs?

Tor provides a very high degree of true anonymity, but at the cost of day-to-day internet usability. Using a VPN can provide a high degree of privacy, but should never be regarded as anonymous because your VPN provider will always know your true IP address.

A VPN does, however, provide a much better day-to-day internet experience than Tor, and because of this, is a much more flexible general-purpose privacy tool.

Tor, on the other hand, is a vital tool for that tiny subset of internet users who really require the maximum possible anonymity. Thanks to being free, Tor can also make quite a handy anti-censorship tool. The only problem being that many repressive governments go to great lengths to counter this by blocking access to the network (to varying degrees of success).

  • VPNs are faster than Tor, and are suitable for P2P downloading. The major downside (and reason VPNs are said to provide privacy rather than anonymity) is that it requires you trust your VPN provider. This is because, should it wish to (or is compelled to), your VPN provider can “see” what you get up to on the internet. a VPN also allows you to easily spoof your geographic location.
  • Tor is much slower, is often blocked by websites, and is not suitable for P2P. But it does not require that you trust anybody, and is therefore much more truly anonymous than a VPN. Malicious exit nodes present a real threat when using Tor.

Using Tor and a VPN Together

VPNs and Tor can be used together. In theory, this can provide an extra layer of security and privacy, but this is a hotly debated point – especially when it comes to Tor though VPN setups.

The Tor network is designed from the ground-up to provide security and anonymity. there is a very strong argument that adding a VPN to the equation actually weakens the setup.

That said, there are also good arguments that using Tor and a VPN together is beneficial, and that it mitigates some of the drawbacks of using either technology exclusively.

One thing that is certain is that using Tor and a VPN together is slow. You will suffer the combined speed hit of using both Tor and a VPN.

There are two basic ways that Tor and a VPN can be combined. You can connect to your VPN then route the connection through the Tor network (Tor through VPN), or you can connect to the Tor network before routing your connection through your VPN…

Is Tor + VPN worth doing?

As already mentioned, this is a hotly debated subject. Using a good no-logs VPN with Tor (in both Tor through VPN and VPN through Tor setups) provides an additional obstacle that an adversary must overcome. As discussed above, each setup also provides other perks.

On the other hand, it introduces a potentially unreliable third party into a setup that is the most secure and anonymous way to access the internet yet devised.

My personal feeling is that VPN through Tor of the kind offered by AirVPN is a much more interesting proposition than Tor through VPN.  It allows for complete anonymity while using a VPN, and will protect you from malicious Tor exit nodes.

Tor through VPN means that your VPN provider knows who you are, although as with VPN through Tor, using a trustworthy provider who keeps no logs will provide a great deal of retrospective protection.

Is it worth the hassle over just using Tor on its own? That is for you to decide. One thing that using Tor + VPN is not useful for, though, is providing of the extra layer of encryption. Both Tor and good OpenVPN encryption are very strong on their own, so “doubling up” provides no meaningful additional benefit.

How to Choose a VPN for Tor

If you want service that supports VPN through Tor then you have no choice but AirVPN or PrivateVPN. Luckily, they are both  great providers if you are more technically inclined. The other services on the list above are featured in this article because they support Tor through VPN using transparent routing.

Many may like this feature as it can be convenient and allows you to access .onion sites using your regular browser. Do remember, however, that this is not very secure. It is much more secure and private to use any secure and no-logs VPN with the Tor Browser. Just run the Tor Browser after a VPN connection has been established.


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