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TOR Over VPN or VPN Over TOR: what to choose?

Each of these technologies has its pros and cons. Often, clients of different VPN providers are wondering how to combine these two technologies to improve their own anonymity. In this article we will try to answer their questions.

The fundamental problem of VPN is centralization. Control over VPN servers is in the hands of their owners. Using a VPN, you must fully understand the policy of the service in the field of data disclosure and log storage, carefully read the service agreement.

Theoretically, Tor provides a little more anonymity. But he has some disadvantages:

Let's try to disassemble several schemes of VPN + Tor

Tor over VPN

In this configuration, you first connect to the VPN server, and then use the Tor network over the VPN connection.

The following chain is obtained:

Tor over VPN

Pros:

Cons:

VPN over Tor

The chain of connections is as follows:

Tor over VPN

Pros:

Cons:

Conclusion

VPN via Tor looks more secure way of communication, which allows to achieve real anonymity. Provided an anonymous purchase of VPN (for example, using bitcoins). There is also protection against malicious Tor output nodes.

Your external IP address does not belong to the Tor network and you avoid problems with blocking Tor addresses on many web sites.

However, it is worthwhile to understand that such a scheme works, your VPN provider should provide real protection and do not log.

Regardless of which configuration you choose, sharing VPN and Tor will definitely improve your security and anonymity and will eliminate the drawbacks of using each technology separately.