Double VPN is an advanced VPN security feature that routes your traffic through two VPN servers instead of one, encrypting your data twice.
Now with Double VPN, your online activity hides behind two servers instead of one, which is known as VPN server chaining. The working principle is rather simple:
All your data is protected with an extra layer of encryption. This makes it twice as hard for criminals to decipher.
As your actual IP address was changed by the first VPN server, the second server doesn’t have any information about you.
The multiple encryption feature is indispensable when you need a high level of online security and privacy. Therefore, you may want to use Double VPN if:
In theory, there is very little difference. Double VPN operates on the same principle as VPN chaining (also known as multihopping, VPN over VPN, or using a layered VPN) — you route your data through multiple VPN servers instead of just one. In practice, the differences can be huge.
First, VPN chaining can involve more than just two VPN servers, although each additional node drastically cuts down your connection speed. While the extra encryption can make you feel safer, the actual security benefits fall sharply past two VPN servers — so anything beyond double encryption may simply not be worth the loss in surfing speed.
Second and most importantly, VPN chaining can involve VPN servers from different providers. This keeps your data encrypted in case one VPN service’s servers are compromised, but comes with its own issues, from compatibility between the providers’ VPN clients to having to pay for extra subscriptions.
In reality, double encryption with a trusted VPN provider can be just as safe as manual VPN chaining — and it’s much faster, too. For example, NordVPN already uses diskless servers and doesn’t monitor your internet activities, making it near impossible to steal or seize your encrypted data.
Open the NordVPN app.
Find “Specialty servers”.
Tap Double VPN and get connected. Or manually choose the servers that suit your needs best.