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Tor Network: how NordVPN can strengthen your anonymity?

NordVPN offers a Tor over VPN solution

How does it work ?

Tor Network is a privacy network is designed to hide information of which computer actually requested the traffic. Routing traffic through different nodes, it makes it difficult to say whether your computer initiated the connection or it may just be acting as a relay, relaying that encrypted traffic to another Tor node.

However, you should be cautious, when using only the Tor Network to protect your anonimity, because it is just one layer of encryption. NordVPN offers a Tor over VPN solution that encrypts your information before it ever enters the Tor Network.

Using TOR over VPN solution

Using TOR over VPN solution user data first goes to NordVPN server where it gets encrypted.  Then the data travels to TOR network where the data packets are randomly transmitted to multiple servers inside the TOR network and the data is encrypted there again and sent out through different TOR exit nodes. After all this process, the request reaches the internet. Ta-dam!

It’s also easy to configure and does not require advanced technical skills. Of course, using this kind of setup sometimes you might end up in a bad exit node with no internet or blocked Google, but the next request will be routed through another exit node and everything will work again. As the DNS traffic is also routed to the Tor network you will be able to access .onion websites just using NordVPN!

Related: Visit our earlier blog post for some Tor site links.

Tor Network, who uses it and why?

Tor Network is not slowing down in popularity- with an estimated 2.5+ million users daily. Although many government leaders have expressed their disdain over it’s existence, some acknowledge that it would be ‘technically impossible’ to shut down. Let’s review who actually uses the service and why?

  • Illegal activity element. Although assumed to be the largest component of the Dark Web – it is  very small compared to other uses.
  • People who seek anonymity:
    • Protecting identity from marketers
    •  Hiding sensitive information from identity theft
    • Sensitive Subject Research
  • Whistleblowers & Activists:
    • Reporting from abroad on bad labour practices
    • Human Rights and other Activist groups share sensitive information
    •  Edward Snowden & Julian Assange are better known examples
  • Journalists:
    • Bloggers and journalists in countries where content is blocked
    •  Communication with the source
  • Military and Law Enforcement
    • Hidden operations
    • Surveillance

Learn more here : Great TED Talk by Jamie Bartlett on How the Mysterious Dark Net is Going Mainstream

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