In a Tor vs
VPN: What are they?
First, let’s breakdown the acronyms:
Looking at their full names alone tells you a lot about them. You can picture Tor as layers and layers of different routers with you at the middle. And you can picture a
For visual learners, a Tor connection looks, in a stripped down form, like this:
While IPVanish illustrates a
VPN: What a VPN does well
VPNs are the simplest, and easiest, choice when it comes to online privacy and security. You simply sign up for a
- Connection speeds are much faster than Tor. Remember above where I was show how the paths for
VPNand Tor differ? VPNs are direct, while Tor snakes through layers of ‘nodes’. This complexity is a huge downfall is it severely limits connection speeds, while VPNusers will suffer a speed loss so minor they will not notice it. VPNclients include a number of very useful features in their clients. Examples include IPVanish’s’ kill switch technology to protect against dropped connection,and Hide My Ass’ automatic load balancing, and even malware fighting and firewall tools. VPN’s overall online security and privacy is stronger. The Tor browser isn’t really built for any serious use. Torrenting over it is a nightmare, and has not been recommended by the creators of Tor for over 8 years, and streaming video? Forget it. A VPNwill protect everything you’re doing online, while still allowing for fast torrenting (here’s the best VPNs for torrenting) and pause-free video streaming.
When you’re comparing Tor vs
VPN: What Tor does well
Tor hasn’t been around as long as it has been without reasons. There are many people who use it, so what are they enjoying?
- With the possible exclusion of the NSA, no one can trace your IP address back to you. This is because of all the relays and split connections sent through the ‘onion’ routing.
- Since the network is spread out across so many machines no one government or organisation can shut it down.
Those are the only two advantages that Tor has over VPNs. The first point can be done by the right
The second point is unique to Tor in its own way, but don’t forget that
VPN: Which to choose?
If you’re broke, so broke you can’t afford $3.33/ month for Private Internet Access, then you’d think that you would have to go with the free option: Tor. You’d be wrong. We have two highly recommended free VPNs to try out in a list of five.
Tor is good at what it does, no question about that. And there is certainly a place for it online. But compared to a high quality, no logging,
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